SALT LAKE CITY — Two people are currently serving prison sentences connected to the 2015 shooting death of Gildardo Toledo during a robbery.
But the man who police say pulled the trigger was acquitted of murder last week by a jury.
Richard Trujillo, 29, was found not guilty Nov. 16 of murder, a first-degree felony, in the death of Toledo, 32, at the close of a four-day jury trial.
He was also acquitted of charges of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, a second-degree felony, and obstructing justice, a class A misdemeanor.
Trujillo's attorney, Jeffrey Clark, thanked the jury "for making the right decision," but would not discuss details of the trial.
Trujillo had been charged in 3rd District Court in Toledo's May 2015 death alongside three others: Francisco Garcia, 36, Alisha Hope Moore, 31, and Sarah Ortiz, 27.
Toledo's body was discovered May 29, 2015, at 875 W. Meadowbrook Expressway, after neighbors told police the sliding glass door of the home had been open for four days and they had heard gunshots in the early morning of May 25. The apartment belonged to Toledo's girlfriend.
Moore told investigators that she had been with Toledo in the early morning hours on May 25, including using his cellphone to send text messages to Ortiz up until 3:55 a.m., charging documents state. Moore told police she left, later returning with Ortiz, Trujillo and Garcia to rob Toledo.
Moore arrived first, charges state. Ortiz came next, opening a back door for Trujillo and Garcia, who came rushing in minutes later, according to police.
Toledo attempted to grab the .45-caliber handgun that Trujillo pointed at him, starting a struggle, the charges state. Garcia threw a bottle at Toledo and Trujillo fired, striking Toledo once, killing him, according to the charges.
The group fled, reportedly stashing the gun in some bushes and destroying the SIM card from Ortiz's phone that had received the text messages from Toledo's phone, charges state. Police say Trujillo retrieved the gun the next day and sold it.Comment on this story
A jury found Garcia guilty in March of murder and aggravated robbery, first-degree felonies, in Toldeo's death. He was sentenced in May to consecutive terms of 15 years to life for the murder charge and 10 years to life, including a five-year enhancement, for the aggravated robbery charge.
Moore pleaded guilty to manslaughter and robbery, with both charges reduced form first-degree felonies to second-degree felonies, and was sentenced to consecutive terms of at least one and up to 15 years in prison, with credit granted for time served.
Ortiz pleaded guilty to the same charges as Moore, while an additional charge of obstructing justice was dismissed. She was sentenced Friday to 36 months of probation, while prison sentences for the two charges were suspended.