Sioux Falls Man Admits Killing Rapid City Woman Sought As Witness In Earlier Shooting He Set Up

Dominique Brave

       Court records in Utah show a Sioux Falls man arrested last week in Utah has confessed to killing a Rapid City woman wanted by police as a witness to an earlier shooting in Rapid City that he’d set up.

       23-year old Dominique Brave had fled Rapid City with 26-year old David Mestas of Sioux Falls, 26-year old Richard Sanchez and 22-year old Christina Sanchez, both of Rapid City. Mestas and the Sanchezes face multiple charges in Utah.

         Records there show Mestas said he’d coordinated a revenge shooting Monday Aug 16 against a man he claimed had assaulted his sister, luring the man to an isolated location and firing 2 shots, missing both times. He said an accomplice then shot the man twice with a shotgun, inflicting serious, life-threatening injuries.

        A Utah sheriff’s deputy’s probable cause statement on Brave’s deaths says Mestas said she was sitting in the front seat when he shot her in the head from the back seat. 

      Richard Sanchez then drove to a secluded area to dispose of the body, but after Brave’s body was removed the vehicle got stuck in the mud in a place where it could be seen from passing vehicles.

       Mestas and the Sanchezes put the body back in the vehicle and hid it under clothing, suitcases and other items. A passerby eventually pulled them out of the mud and they drove to a gas station where they began arguing.

      The dispute intensified to the level that sheriff’s deputies were called. Richard Sanchez told the deputies that Brave had been shot and killed and that her body was in the vehicle. Mestas and the Sanchezes were arrested after the body was found.

        A search of the car found 3 guns, one listed as stolen, methamphetamine, heroin, and used syringes. 

UTAH CHARGES

  • David Manuel Mestas:
    • Criminal homicide, aggravated murder (first-degree felony)
      • 25 years to life; State is not currently seeking the death penalty.
    • Purchase, transfer, possession or use of a firearm by a restricted person (second-degree felony)
    • Obstructing justice (second-degree felony)
    • Theft by receiving stolen property (second-degree felony)
    • Abuse or desecration of a human body (third-degree felony)
    • Possession or use of a controlled substance priors (third-degree felony)
    • Possession of drug paraphernalia (class B misdemeanor)
  • Richard Anthony Sanchez:
    • Obstructing justice (second-degree felony)
    • Theft by receiving stolen property (second-degree felony)
    • Abuse or desecration of a human body (third-degree felony)
    • Purchase, transfer, possession or use of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person (third-degree felony)
    • Possession or use of a controlled substance (class A misdemeanor)
    • Possession of drug paraphernalia (class B misdemeanor)
  • Christina Zoey Ann Sanchez
    • Theft by receiving stolen property (second-degree felony)
    • Purchase, transfer, possession or use of a firearm by a restricted person (second-degree felony)
    • Possession or use of a controlled substance (class A misdemeanor)
    • Possession of drug paraphernalia (class B misdemeanor)

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