On December 30, 2006, Derrick Jefferson, 17, of Centerton, AR was ordered out of a car at 4265 N. 40th St. in Springdale, AR. and shot in the head by a legal immigrant Erickson Dimas-Martinez, in the United States on a work permit, and illegal alien Uris Galdamez-Magana.
Erickson Dimas-Martinez is being held on a capital murder charge and Uris Galdamez-Magana on an accomplice to capital murder charge.
Erickson Dimas-Martinez, 21, of Springdale was arrested Thursday at 6:30 a.m. after police executed a search and arrest warrant at 1408 Thrush St. Apt. B in Springdale, AR. Uris Galdamez-Magana was charged in connection with capital murder, which if found guilty, is punishable to either life in prison without parole or death by lethal injection.
Springdale police arrested Uris Galdamez-Magana, 20, of 1672 Tuscan St Springdale, AR. in connection with felony charges of first-degree forgery and for a deportation order by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
According to police reports, an immigration agent found identification on Uris Galdamez-Magana belonging to a man serving time in a Puerto Rico prison.
So it was founded that Uris Magana-Galdamez was not 20 years old, he was only 17 years at the time the crimes were committed.
Therefore, prosecutors dropped the Capital Murder charges against Uris Magana-Galdamez and a new hearing was set for October 22nd, 2007 for defense lawyers to argue that the case should be conducted in Juvenile Court.
According to court documents, Derrick Jefferson and friends went to a Fayetteville strip club the night before he died. Derrick Jefferson and Wilfredo Cortez then went to Rio Bravo restaurant in Springdale, but it was closed. In the parking lot, they met two girls who invited them to a party at a duplex in east Springdale. The girls had been at the party earlier with Uris Galdamez-Magana, whom they knew as “Jason.” Erickson Dimas-Martinez was also there.
Wilfredo Cortez told police that he decided to leave the party because he felt a male was trying to intimidate him, and that he left about 1:30 a.m. Derrick Jefferson wanted to stay and began asking others to give him a ride home later. He offered gas money, saying he had about $30.00.
Derrick Jefferson, Erickson Dimas-Martinez, Uris Galdamez-Magana and the two girls got in Erickson Dimas-Martinez’s red, four-door Honda. At the time of the shooting, the two girls cried and watched from the back seat, Prosecutor Van Stone said.
Erickson Dimas-Martinez told Derrick Jefferson to drive, eventually ordering him to stop in the driveway of 4265 N. 40th St. home.
Erickson Dimas-Martinez pulled out a handgun, pointed it in Jefferson’s face and ordered Jefferson out of the car. Erickson Dimas-Martinez then ordered Jefferson to remove his coat and shirt and give him the money, and then he shot Derrick Jefferson in the head, the affidavit states.
The court case was delayed while Erickson Dimas-Martinez underwent three mental evaluations. Doctors disagreed about his IQ with one saying it was 75, and another saying it was 81.
However, Benton County Circuit Judge David Clinger found that Erickson Dimas-Martinez was of sound mind and body, and is fit for trial.
During testimony, prosecutors said police found a camera in the duplex that contained pictures of Erickson Dimas-Martinez wearing Derrick Jefferson’s hat.
Today, March 25, 2010, 3 years and almost 3 months later the Benton County Jury found Erickson Dimas-Martinez guilty of murder in the shooting death of Derrick Jefferson, by the jury and the case now moves directly to the sentencing phase.
Sentencing is expected to begin later today. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
That means Prosecutor Van Stone will resume pursuit of the death penalty against Erickson Dimas-Martinez, 23, in the December 2006 shooting death of Derrick Jefferson, 17, of Centerton.