State responds to suspect’s request to dismiss murder charges


The state is responding after a woman charged with killing a mother and daughter in a crash claimed her charges don’t fit the crime.

Police say Elexus Groves and Paul Garcia stole a van and crashed into Shaunna Arredondo’s car last year.

Arredondo and her 14-year-old daughter died.

Groves is charged with two counts of first degree murder because the deaths occurred during a felony crime.

Last month, Groves’ attorney filed a motion to dismiss those charges, saying the intent to kill isn’t there. However, the state says a jury should make that decision, not the court.

A hearing is set for March 19.

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