Man Shot in Marijuana Garden Charged With Murder
The Mendocino Sheriff’s Office is releasing more information on a case that began September 27 with a man, Edgar Fidel Contreras (age 25), calling for help saying he had been shot in a marijuana garden. He was found alive but with multiple gunshot wounds and flown to an out-of-the-area hospital for medical assistance. However, another man was found deceased in the grow about a quarter mile from where the first victim was located. Law enforcement released the name of the victim, 43-year-old Marcos Bautista from Cloverdale. The autopsy determined that he had died as the result of multiple gunshot wounds.
Today, Contreras was charged with his murder and with robbery. Two other men have already been arrested in connection with Bautista’s death.
Contreras is expected to be held in lieu of $500,000.00 bail.