Murder charges dropped for one suspect in Apache Flats shooting

Charges against Rafael Fuentes were dropped on Thursday. Fuentes was charged with second-degree murder after a passenger in his vehicle shot another man during a fight over a loud muffler. Another suspect is still charged.

Charges against one of two men charged in a fatal shooting in Jefferson City have been dismissed.

Rafael Fuentes, 23, of California, Mo., was charged with second-degree murder after the Dec. 18 shooting death of Francisco Navarro in Apache Flats.

Prosecutor Mark Richardson said Thursday the charges against Fuentes were dropped because evidence in the case showed that a single shooter acted alone in the death.

The Cole County Sheriff's Office said Navarro was the passenger in a truck when a fight broke out over a loud muffler. Navarro reportedly got out of the truck to stop the fight. That's when authorities said Jose Hurtado, 22, of California, Mo., pulled out a gun and shot Navarro. Hurtado is also charged with second-degree murder.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)