Statement admissible in Hazleton slaying case

June 9th, 2015 3:13 pm

First Posted: 8/6/2014

WILKES-BARRE — A statement accused killer Adamis Arias made to police while in custody on a probation violation can be used at his trial next week, Luzerne County Judge David Lupas ruled Tuesday.

The judge denied a defense motion to suppress the statement in which Arias said he was going to spend his life in prison for the shooting of Angel Villalobos. In addition, Lupas denied several other defense motions including, the suppression a search warrant served on a vehicle and the prevention of the prosecution from introducing evidence seized from a residence on James Street in Hazleton.

Arias, 22, of Hazleton is held in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility without bail for the Feb. 23, 2013 shooting of Villalobos on Maple Street.

His trial is set to begin Monday.

The county district attorney’s office also asked asked the court to set bail for Rafael Santana-Nunez, a material witness in the shooting. Santana-Nunez was served a subpoena to appear in court for the trial, but said he would not. As a result the district attorney’s office asked the court to set conditions on Santana-Nunez, such as maintaining weekly contact with police, providing an appropriate phone number, maintaining a permanent address and appearing for the trial.