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High court tosses conviction of man accused of hiding body

November 23, 2019

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A man found guilty of hiding the body of a man after he was killed in a 2015 home invasion has had his conviction tossed by the state Supreme Court.

The Kitsap Sun reports justices this week sided with a lower court, which last year found Kitsap County prosecutors failed to properly put Arnold Mafnas Cruz on notice for the charge of rendering criminal assistance.

Cruz claimed on appeal that the documents used to charge him with the crime did not contain the required language, making them “constitutionally deficient.” Both the state Division I Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court agreed, writing that the people accused of crimes have a right to know the charges against them.

Cruz was accused of being called after Robert Hood’s death to help cover up the crime.

The court’s action sends Cruz’s case back to Kitsap County Superior Court.

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Information from: Kitsap Sun, http://www.kitsapsun.com/