Suspect in Killing of Tow Truck Operator to Go to Trial

Apr 6th, 2011 | By | Category: National News

A 22-year-old man accused of shooting and killing a Merced, Calif., tow truck driver will soon be going to trial. Police charged Anthony Avilez Trammell in the death of Randall Armendariz Sr., 41, on Nov. 4, 2008. According to news reports, Armendariz confronted Trammell in connection with a pickup stolen from Performance Towing, where Armendariz was an employee.

After what witnesses say was an argument between Armendariz and another man, shots were fired and Armendariz was found by police lying on Carmel Road. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Trammell was arrested after a standoff with police, in which the suspect brandished a handgun at officers. Police fired and shot Trammell in the lower abdomen and leg, reports said.

Jury selection has begun for the trial. Trammell, being held at the Merced County Jail in lieu of $2.4 million bail, is charged with first-degree murder, being a felon in possession of a firearm, brandishing a firearm at a peace officer, receiving stolen property and being an active participant in a criminal street gang.