Fagundes Arraignment

The arraignment of a Washington state man accused of murdering his half-sister and burning a vehicle with her body inside was postponed yesterday (Friday). David Fagundes, was in court facing first-degree murder, arson resulting in great bodily injury, resisting arrest and criminal threats after he was reportedly found hiding near a burning Chevrolet SUV in Copperopolis on May 29. The charred body of his half-sister Toni Jilbert Ferreira of Manteca was found inside. During his arraignment, Fagundes, turned in his seat and glared at the crowd of grieving friends and family in the audience.  After a brief discussion, the decision was made by presiding judge Timothy Healy to postpone the arraignment due to additional criminal complaints filed under Fagundes’ case by the Calaveras County District Attorney’s Office. As Fagundes was being led out of the courtroom, a man who had been sitting in the audience throughout the proceedings, stood up and shouted, pointing at Fagundes. He then exited the building with another man. Fagundes, clearly angered, shouted back a series of expletives, then was quickly removed from the courtroom.  Judge Healy then barred the man, identified as Ronald Ferreira, from entering his courtroom again. Fagundes will remain in custody and will appear again in court for a continued arraignment on July 19.


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