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Murder Suspect: 'I Shouldn't Have Left Him In the Park'

SPOKANE, Wash. -

SPOKANE, Wash. - The man charged with murdering his close friend told his side of the story Wednesday from behind bars. Yukio Rideb, 21, said he did not kill his long-time friend Romero Vivit, 21, this week at Riverfront Park.

Rideb made his first appearance on second degree murder charges in Spokane County Superior Court Wednesday after the two fought in Riverfront Park early Saturday morning.  

"I left him there," Rideb said. "He was in the park and breathing, is what I can recall."
 
After a night of heavy drinking, Rideb said he fought with Vivit, whom he calls "L.T." but Rideb is unsure why the fight started. 

"LT and I have been friends for years now," Rideb said, who met Vivit at North Central High School in 2005. "We've had little disputes here and there but it's never come to blows between us, which is what I can't figure out."

Friday night started off well, Rideb said, when he went bar-hopping with his sister, Vivit, and a third friend, Kenneth Smith. The group started out on PJ's Bar and Grill on N. Monroe and moved to Mootsy's on Riverside Ave.

Apparently the group also went to the bar Revolver, on W. Riverside Ave., but it was after several Long Island iced-teas and a cigarette at Mootsy's that Rideb said he blacked out.
 
He said his next memory was several hours later.
 
"Immediately after I come out of it, I am just irate and angry and I'm just shouting and beating this person up that's laying on the ground in front of me," Rideb explains. "It's only when I stop a second a take a breath - that I look at him and recognize his shoes and realize it's LT."
 
Rideb said they were in Riverfront Park near the carrousel. No one else was around. Rideb said Vivit's face was swollen and bloody.
 
"I didn't recognize his face, I only recognized him by his shoes," he said.
 
At that point, Rideb said he tried to help his friend and take him home, but said Vivit was crying and refused. Rideb said the pair then sat quietly by the riverbank for about an hour. "I try to get him up one more time," he said. "He still was just laying on the ground, breathing and coherent." Rideb then left Vivit.

According to court documents, Rideb told detectives that Vivit "probably required hospital attention but "was breathing." Rideb said when he left the riverbank, he went back to his girlfriend's house with blood all over him. That's when his girlfriend called Vivit's roommates, who went in search of him. Vivit was nowhere to be found. Shortly after, Spokane Police received call about Vivit's bloody clothing as well as his missing person's status.
 
Tuesday morning, several hours after Spokane Major Crimes detectives put up crime scene tape at the carousel, where bloody clothing was found on the ground, Yukio Rideb went in for an interview with detectives. He said he took a polygraph test that morning and talked with a detective for several hours.
 
"There is no excuse for it," Rideb said. "I shouldn't have left him in the park like I did.
 In jail, Rideb has regrets and sorrow about his friend.

"I've always had a problem with alcohol and drinking and blacking out, really, but it's never been that bad. I've never continued to beat up someone after they're not putting up a fight," Rideb told KHQ. "Im not trying to use alcohol as an excuse but I know that if we weren't drunk that night, none of this would have happened."

Rideb is being held on a $500,000 bond.
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