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Second-degree murder charged in death of Bellevue man
A charge of murder in the second degree has been filed by the King County Prosecuting Attorney against Adan Rodriguez-Rodriguez, who is accused of murdering Emilio Perez-Oliva in Bellevue on April 21.
Arraignment is scheduled for May 14 at the King County Courthouse. If convicted as charged, the sentence range is 123 to 220 months in prison.
Bail of $1 million has been set.
Perez-Oliva was found in a wooded area on the property of Unigard Insurance Company at 15801 N.E. 24th St. The police investigation at the crime scene revealed that Perez-Oliva had been beaten and strangled.
Perez-Oliva had over $700 dollars in his wallet that was left behind and robbery did not appear to be a factor in the victim's death, according to papers filed in the case.
According to a report by Bellevue Police Det. Robert Thompson, investigation found that Perez-Oliva got off work about 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 20 from a restaurant in the Factoria area. The investigation further found that Perez-Oliva stopped at the Mexi-Mart in the Crossroads area around 9 p.m. with a store surveillance camera showing him buying some beer.
The surveillance camera also showed Perez-Oliva was with an unknown man. The store owner told police that both men were outside the store drinking beer when he closed at about 9:20 p.m.
On April 21, surveillance video showed the unknown man who was with Perez-Oliva the day before came back into the store by himself at 3:09 p.m. He came into the store 10 minutes before the police were notified that a body had been found at the Unigard Insurance Company.
According to Thompson's statement, the unkown male began talking to the store clerk and he found out she knew Perez-Oliva's wife. The unkown male told the store clerk not to tell the wife that he had been in the store with Perez-Oliva the night before because if something happened to Perez-Oliva they might blame him.
Upon questioning by Det. Thompson, Rodriguez allegedly admitted that he killed Perez-Oliva with by striking him in the face with his fists and then taking Perez-Oliva's belt and strangling him around the neck until he was dead. The charging papers say Rodriguez additionally reported that he kicked Perez-Oliva in the stomach, chest, and face. Rodriguez admitted that Perez-Oliva was not armed, but claimed that he killed Perez-Oliva in self defense because Perez-Oliva said he wanted to kill him, the charging papers say.
Rodriguez also allegedly reported the location of the crime scene during his confession, according to Det. Thompson's written statement.
Documents filed in the case also note that a shoe print on the victim's face matched the shoe print design on the pair of shoes that Rodriguez-Rodriguez was wearing.