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Nampa man guilty of murder for killing suspect in mother’s death

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An Ada County jury returned a guilty verdict Tuesday for a Nampa man accused of killing the suspect in the stabbing death of his mother.

Raul Cuevas, 32, was found guilty of manslaughter in the death of 39-year-old Jesus Urratia. Cuevas faces a life sentence for the murder.

The jury acquitted Cuevas of first-degree murder, which is defined as first-degree murder. This charge carries the death penalty.

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Cuevas was arrested in March 2023 after Urratia was found dead in a vehicle in a gas station parking lot in Avimor, a planned community north of Eagle. A day earlier, Nampa police identified Urratia as the suspect in the stabbing death of 52-year-old Michelle Luna, Cuevas’ mother.

According to previous Idaho Statesman reporting, Cuevas used the gas station phone to turn himself in to police after fatally stabbing Urratia.

Prosecutors asked 4th District Judge Jonathan Medema to take Cuevas, who was out on bail, into custody ahead of his July 23 sentencing hearing. Medema denied the request, saying he did not feel Cuevas posed a danger to the community or a flight risk. .

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Nicole Blanchard is part of the Idaho Statesman’s investigative and watchdog reporting teams. She also covers Idaho Outdoors and visits the trails around Idaho. Nicole grew up in Idaho and graduated from Idaho State University and Northwestern University with a master’s degree in journalism.
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