A transient who was accidentally released from jail earlier this week has been bound over to stand trial for the stabbing death of an Ogden man outside a 25th Street bar last fall.
Samuel Estrada, 29, appeared Thursday before 2nd Circuit Judge Brent West for a preliminary hearing on a charge of second-degree murder. The defendant is now scheduled to enter a plea March 1 in 2nd District Court.Estrada is accused of stabbing Victor M. Chavez, 33, several times and cutting the victim's throat outside Pancho's Bar on Sept. 21. Chavez died at the scene.
An arrest warrant was issued for Estrada a couple of days after the killing, and the defendant was taken into custody earlier this month in the Southern Pacific Railroad yards in Ogden.
Tuesday, a miscommunication between Weber County jailers and 2nd Circuit Court officials allowed the defendant to go free for several hours.
Jailers mistakenly thought an order to dismiss a request for a continuance on the preliminary hearing meant that an order had been granted to dismiss the murder charge.
Law enforcement officials began searching for Estrada after the mixup was discovered. He was taken back into custody Tuesday night after he was found in a snow cave along the railroad tracks.
Estrada remains in the Weber County Jail in lieu of a $20,000 bond.