It appears another suspect has been arrested for the July 20 killing
of Julius "Jules" Tripp near Hoopa.
According to Humboldt County jail records
, Daniel Armendariz was booked into the facility at 2:35 a.m. yesterday on suspicion of murder. Sheriff's Office spokesperson Samantha Karges responded to a Journal
inquiry about the arrest, saying it "looks like he was taken into custody at court for the Julius Tripp case." For additional information, she referred the Journal
to the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office, which has not yet responded to a follow up inquiry.
A Humboldt County Superior Court Judge ruled yesterday after a multi-day preliminary hearing that prosecutors have sufficient evidence to hold 18-year-old Bronson Moon Lewis Jr. to stand trial on charges he murdered Tripp. According to a report
in the Lost Coast Outpost
, a pair of witnesses testified that Bronson and a man named "Daniel" got into an altercation with Tripp after bumping his car alongside State Route 96.
According to the report, one testified that Lewis and "Daniel" got out of their truck, with "Daniel carrying a large knife that he handed to Lewis." She said the two men chased Tripp has he ran away and she later heard screams, after which Lewis said he'd cut off Tripp's hand. She said the two men then left the scene to get a rifle, saying they had to kill Tripp because he'd seen their faces. Having retrieved a firearm, she said they returned to the scene, where she heard "one or two" gunshots before Lewis and Daniel returned to the truck, both "shaking."
"Daniel" was not called as a witness during the hearing, according to the report.
Read the Lost Coast Outpost
's full coverage of Lewis' preliminary hearing here
, the Times-Standard's here
and we'll update this post with more information as we can.