Trial underway in 2011 drug-deal murder of Salpointe student

2014-02-26T11:52:00Z Trial underway in 2011 drug-deal murder of Salpointe studentPatrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The trial of a man accused of shooting and killing another man in a drug deal gone bad began today.

Keanu Deano Castaneda is accused of first-degree murder in the death of Carlos Sandoval.

The shooting occurred on Dec. 310, 2011 at Forty-Niner Country Club where Castaneda and three other teens went to purchase a pound of marijuana from the victim.

Prosecutors argue Castaneda was intent on stealing the drugs and shot and killed Sandoval when he resisted.

Castaneda's defense, however, said it was one of the other men who organized the drug rip and committed the shooting.

The defense points to Jamonte Olague as the main culprit in the crime, saying it he who set up the drug deal and he who was found with the backpack containing the drugs days after the crime.

Read more about the case here and here.

Contact reporter Patrick McNamara at 573-4241 or On Twitter @pm929.

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