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Second suspect arrested in Grant County murder

Adrian Adame-Madrid, 18 of Othello, Washington Adrian Adame-Madrid, 18 of Othello, Washington

GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - An Othello man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the April 11 murder of 33-year-old Manuel Arousa. Adrian Adame-Madrid, 18, is the second suspect in the murder has been charged with murder in the shooting death of Arousa that happened following an argument over car stereo equipment.

Shortly after 10:30 a.m. on April 11, Arousa and a friend, 27-year-old John Wall, were sitting in Arousa's car parked outside Wall's house in Warden.

Wall says two men pulled along side of the car in a black Nissan Maxima, got out and started taking the stereo from Arousa's car.

Arousa and the driver of the Maxima, 27-year-old Israel Morfin, got into an argument over money owed to Morfin. According to Wall, money was exchanged between Morfin and Arousa before Morfin and Adame began removing stereo speakers from the trunk of Arousa's vehicle.

As Morfin was walking past Arousa after getting the stereo speakers, Arousa apparently said something to Morfin that stirred him enough to point a gun at him. One round was fired from the gun, striking Arousa in the head instantly killing him.

Morfin then left the scene. Shortly after, an Adams County sheriff's deputy spotted the black Nissan at the intersection of Highway 24 and Bench Road, just one-mile south of Othello. 

As the pursuit unfolded, Morfin was seen throwing what appeared to be a magazine to an automatic handgun out the window and later, while crossing the Vernita Bridge, he attempted to throw the handgun but it struck one of the supports and bounced back onto the roadway. 

Morfin was finally stopped just a few miles from Sunnyside after hitting a spike strip laid down by a Yakima sheriff's deputy.

After his car stopped, Morfin got out and ran into a field. A Yakima County K-9 was used to run Morfin down and help take him into custody.

Morfin was transported back to Grant County and charged with murder.

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