PENDLETON, Oregon – The man charged with murder in the Umapine Creamery shooting in November is due in court today. Antonio Vasquez-Vargas, 53, is due for a status check in Judge Christopher Brauer’s courtroom and Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus says the case against the illegal alien is just beginning.
“We are still in that early phase of this case, making sure that we have all the discovery that we need so that we can provide that to the defense counsel,” Primus said.
Renee Luiz-Antonio of Milton-Freewater was shot and killed at the creamery where both the victim and the suspect worked on Nov. 26. Vasquez-Vargas was arrested by the Tri-City SWAT team and members of the Kennewick Police Department, waived extradition, and was booked into Umatilla County Jail on Nov. 30.
During the search for the suspect, it was learned that he had several aliases and had been deported at least two times previously. He was not in the country legally. Primus says that doesn’t enter into the state’s murder case against Vasquez-Vargas.
“Those are federal charges and we don’t have anything statewide in that regard,” Primus said. “I imagine that the United States Attorney’s Office will take a look at that.”
The suspect is being held on $5 million bail. In addition to the murder charge, there is a firearms charge and the Immigration and Naturalization Service has issued a hold on Vasquez-Vargas as well.