Court upholds shooting, crash murder convictions

Left to right: Simon Aguilar and Omar Rosas. (Courtesy Michigan Department of Corrections - November 2011)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld the convictions of two men who contributed in very different ways to the murder of a West Michigan man.

The court found there was sufficient evidence to sustain the convictions of both Simon Aguilar and Omar Rosas.

Aguilar shot Luis Partee Chavez near 44th Street and Kalamazoo Avenue SE in Grand Rapids in 2010. Then, prosecutors said, say Rosas ran Chavez over with his car.

A medical examiner said either the gunshot wound or getting run over by the car alone would have killed the victim.

The appellate court agreed, saying both the shooting and car crash were the proximate causes of Chavez’s death.

Rosas and Aguilar are in separate state prisons serving sentences for second-degree murder: Rosas is serving 45 to 70 years and Aguilar is serving 38 to 70 years in prison.

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