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Sioux City murder suspect listens to police testimony in court

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Juan Nino Estrada is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

Police say, in November, Nino-Estrada shot and killed 35-year-old Yolanda Valdez and 33-year-old Michael Delgado inside a home at 507 West 27th Street.

A third victim, 33-year-old Luis Sanchez, who police say was shot and stabbed, survived.

Authorities say an altercation between Nino-Estrada and Sanchez escalated into gunfire that night.

Friday, a judge heard arguments on a defense motion to suppress evidence obtained by the police the night they found Nino-Estrada.

Several members of the Sioux City Police Department took the stand recounting all events from that night, including finding Nino-Estrada at his girlfriend's house, taking him to the hospital to treat his gunshot wound, and bringing him back to the station for questioning.

Authorities on the stand said they did advise Nino-Estrada of his Miranda Rights, but when it came to him actually invoking his right to remain silent, that seemed unclear.

"He made a comment somewhat under his breath, I can't remember exactly what he stated," Greg Rose, of the Sioux City Police Department, said.

Police say Nino-Estrada may have said, "he pleaded the 5th," but it was mumbled, and not asserted.

Lawyers say if a defendant does unambiguously invoke these rights, questioning would have to stop.

At this point, Judge Jeffrey Poulson says he'll be taking what he heard today under advisement.

He hasn't made a final decision on whether he'll suppress this information yet.

The trial date for Juan Nino-Estrada is set for May 27.

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