Trial date confirmed in real estate agent’s murder
KINGMAN — A Superior Court judge has affirmed the September murder trial for a Kingman man accused of killing a real estate agent in 2015.
Alfredo Gerardo Blanco, 62, is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Sidney Cranston Jr., whose body was found about 18 months after his murder, buried on a remote property east of Kingman. Blanco also is charged with tampering with physical evidence and concealing a dead body. He is being held in county jail without bond.
Superior Court Judge Rick Lambert affirmed Blanco’s trial to begin Sept. 25.
In a previous hearing, a police detective testified that Blanco had sold Cranston’s rings at a pawn shop. Cranston and Blanco’s cell phone records put them near each other the day in June 2015 that Cranston went missing. Blanco reportedly was the last person to see Cranston alive.
An FBI agent and several Kingman police officers interviewed Blanco at the police department in June 2015 when it was still a missing person case.
Cranston, 40, was reported missing June 16, 2015, in Kingman. He reportedly was showing property to an unknown client. Blanco reportedly managed rental properties for Cranston.
Cranston’s remains were discovered Jan. 7, 2017, buried behind a barn on the property about 20 miles east of Kingman. Cranston was killed by a single gunshot and his death was ruled a homicide. Investigators have said they believe he was killed about the time he went missing.
On Jan. 11, 2017, FBI agents arrested Blanco at a medical facility in Youngtown near Phoenix.
Blanco’s co-defendant, William Sanders, recently pleaded guilty to concealing a dead body and will be sentenced to probation Aug. 31.