Jury Finds Arteaga Guilty Of Murder - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Jury Finds Arteaga Guilty Of Murder

Posted: Updated:
A verdict was reach on Wednesday in the murder trial of Daniel Arteaga A verdict was reach on Wednesday in the murder trial of Daniel Arteaga
SPOKANE, Wash. -

It took a jury only a little more than two hours on Wednesday to find Daniel Arteaga guilty for the murder of Kim Schmidt. The prosecution said Arteaga was very jealous that his relationship was ending with Schmidt and she was moving on. They say that's part of the reason why he decided to kill her at the beginning of 2012. The defense disagreed saying that Arteaga was not there when she died and they think she may have even died of suicide. The defense also argued that Arteaga cooperated with detectives as much as possible. They said a guilty man would not have done that. Despite those claims, the jury found Arteaga guilty.

Arteaga was on trial for the murder of Schmidt, a 34 year old mother he dated for more than 6 years. While Arteaga dated Schmidt he was married to a different woman for more than 20 years. Police believe Arteaga killed Schmidt around the turn of the New Year in 2012.

On New Year’s Day Kim’s mom Toni found her daughter’s body after receiving a call from Arteaga, who was apparently concerned for Kim’s safety. She had not been heard from since 4:00 a.m that morning so Daniel called Toni to check on her. When Toni arrived at the house she found Kim in her bed, murdered, with a gunshot wound to the head.

While Toni entered the house she had Daniel Arteaga on the phone so she could talk to somebody while she made her way inside. Little did she know she was talking with the suspected killer. In August of 2012 police arrested Arteaga.

Arteaga's sentencing is scheduled for June 5th, 2014. 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Attempted copper theft leads to damage at Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels

    Attempted copper theft leads to damage at Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 2:04 AM EDT2017-08-22 06:04:38 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A local organization on a mission to do good was hit with some pretty bad damage. The assistant director of Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels says he woke up to a security alert early Sunday morning and what he found baffled him. "Somebody had attempted to steal some copper piping by ripping the spigot out of the side of the wall," said Mark Laskowski, the Assistant Director with Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A local organization on a mission to do good was hit with some pretty bad damage. The assistant director of Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels says he woke up to a security alert early Sunday morning and what he found baffled him. "Somebody had attempted to steal some copper piping by ripping the spigot out of the side of the wall," said Mark Laskowski, the Assistant Director with Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels.

    >>
  • Security cameras catch stranger touching himself in Spokane woman's backyard

    Security cameras catch stranger touching himself in Spokane woman's backyard

    Sunday, August 20 2017 8:27 PM EDT2017-08-21 00:27:40 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - One family is absolutely shocked after what they found a man doing in their backyard. Denise says she was at home doing her nails, when her daughter Jenay took the dog outside to go to the bathroom. “The dog charged and chased something out of the yard,” she says. They noticed a shadow so they went to review the surveillance video. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - One family is absolutely shocked after what they found a man doing in their backyard. Denise says she was at home doing her nails, when her daughter Jenay took the dog outside to go to the bathroom. “The dog charged and chased something out of the yard,” she says. They noticed a shadow so they went to review the surveillance video. 

    >>
  • Florida man busted for stealing a car while watching eclipse

    Florida man busted for stealing a car while watching eclipse

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 12:47 AM EDT2017-08-22 04:47:40 GMT

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Orange County Sheriff's Office in Florida reports a man got busted for stealing a vehicle Monday and was taken into custody while he was watching the solar eclipse.  Officers say 22-year-old Jocsan Feliciano Rosado stole a car Monday and was being followed by deputies when he stopped at a store to buy a welder's helmet in order to safely view the eclipse.

    >>

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Orange County Sheriff's Office in Florida reports a man got busted for stealing a vehicle Monday and was taken into custody while he was watching the solar eclipse.  Officers say 22-year-old Jocsan Feliciano Rosado stole a car Monday and was being followed by deputies when he stopped at a store to buy a welder's helmet in order to safely view the eclipse.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Sheriff: 4 killed in NC were playing cards when shot during home invasion

    Sheriff: 4 killed in NC were playing cards when shot during home invasion

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 10:59 AM EDT2017-08-22 14:59:20 GMT

    ENFIELD, N.C. - Authorities say four elderly North Carolina people found dead after an apparent home invasion were shot while playing cards. News outlets quote Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp as saying the two married couples had been sitting around a kitchen table when they were killed sometime between Sunday and Monday morning. 

    >>

    ENFIELD, N.C. - Authorities say four elderly North Carolina people found dead after an apparent home invasion were shot while playing cards. News outlets quote Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp as saying the two married couples had been sitting around a kitchen table when they were killed sometime between Sunday and Monday morning. 

    >>
  • Attempted copper theft leads to damage at Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels

    Attempted copper theft leads to damage at Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 2:04 AM EDT2017-08-22 06:04:38 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A local organization on a mission to do good was hit with some pretty bad damage. The assistant director of Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels says he woke up to a security alert early Sunday morning and what he found baffled him. "Somebody had attempted to steal some copper piping by ripping the spigot out of the side of the wall," said Mark Laskowski, the Assistant Director with Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A local organization on a mission to do good was hit with some pretty bad damage. The assistant director of Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels says he woke up to a security alert early Sunday morning and what he found baffled him. "Somebody had attempted to steal some copper piping by ripping the spigot out of the side of the wall," said Mark Laskowski, the Assistant Director with Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels.

    >>
  • Mad Minute stories from Monday, August 21st

    Mad Minute stories from Monday, August 21st

    Monday, August 21 2017 5:58 PM EDT2017-08-21 21:58:12 GMT
    Mad Minute for 12/30/16Mad Minute for 12/30/16

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Monday, August 21st.

    >>

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Monday, August 21st.

    >>