Segundo-Huizar

Jose J. Segundo-Huizar, center, speaks with Elko County Public Defender Kriston Hill, left.

ELKO — An Idaho man suspected of murdering a Ryndon woman, whose decapitated body was found by a hunter Sept. 4 in a shallow grave off Mountain City Highway, appeared in Elko Justice Court Wednesday.

The criminal complaint was filed Oct. 11 and brings forth the use of a deadly weapon, such as a hammer.

It alleges Jose de Jesus Segundo-Huizar, 46, of Jerome, committed the alleged crimes on or about Aug. 24, either near a residence in Ryndon or a location near Mountain City Highway.

Count one charges first-degree murder with the use of a deadly weapon; count two second-degree murder with the use of a deadly weapon; count three burglary with the possession of a deadly weapon; count four kidnapping in the first-degree with the use of a deadly weapon, resulting in substantial bodily harm; count five child abuse; and count six alleges concealing or destroying the evidence at the commission of a felony.

As the listed offenses are felonies and a gross misdemeanor, Elko Justice of the Peace Mason Simons could not take a plea.

Five counts are connected to the victim Carmen Magallanes-Sanchez.

“There is also an allegation that there was use of a deadly weapon … the defendant struck Carmen on or near the head and or other part of her body, as yet unknown, with a hammer or similar object, and or the defendant decapitated Carmen with a knife or similar object, and in some manner and means yet unknown,” said Simons.

Segundo-Huizar’s statement to law enforcement included the suspect claiming he hit the victim with a hammer, said Undersheriff Ron Supp.

“We did locate some evidence along Mountain City Highway … we did find a hammer and some other things,” said Supp.

Authorities believe it appears Segundo-Huizar threw some items out of his vehicle, when making his way back to Idaho.

These objects need to be sent to the Washoe County Crime Lab to verify they were used in the offense or offenses.

The child abuse charge supposedly involved a victim with the initials A.A. The child, who is thought to be 9 months old, was alleged to have been left in a crib for approximately 12 hours.

Public Defender Kriston Hill said Segundo-Huizar waived his right to a preliminary hearing within 15 days.

District Attorney Tyler Ingram said the State anticipates approximately the same amount of witnesses as in the Donald Fleming preliminary hearing — it could take two days as an interpreter is needed in this case.

Several of the witnesses are from Idaho. Ingram said the matter is “somewhat complicated by the fact Idaho State Police were involved.”

Deputy District Attorney David Buchler will be prosecuting the case with Ingram.

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The murder suspect was arrested Oct. 3, after showing Elko County Sheriff’s detectives where the woman’s head was buried.

Sheriff Jim Pitts suggested there was an altercation between the pair, where Segundo-Huizar pushed the victim.

Detectives have been working on the case since Magallanes-Sanchez, 34, was reported missing Aug. 24 by her boyfriend, said Pitts.

The preliminary hearing is set for the end of November.

Segundo-Huizar’s defense said he is in the United States legally.

The sheriff’s office identified the body of Magallanes-Sanchez through fingerprints on Sept. 15.

The grave was approximately 30 miles north of Elko just off of Mountain City Highway. The body was exhumed from the site and sent to the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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