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Charges filed in connection with fatal Sioux City shooting

Charges filed in connection with fatal Sioux City shooting

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SIOUX CITY — A Sioux City man arrested in connection with a fatal shooting was formally charged Friday with numerous firearm and drug violations, but not murder or other charges related to the death.

Assistant Woodbury County Attorney Michelle Venable-Ridley filed a trial information in Woodbury County District Court against Liborio Martinez-Rubio. The document contained six counts of felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of trafficking in stolen weapons, two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and one count of failure to affix a drug tax stamp. His arraignment was scheduled for Jan. 29.

Martinez-Rubio, 60, was arrested Jan. 11, hours after Javier Cheron, 26, of Sioux City, arrived at Mercy Medical Center with a single gunshot wound to the chest and died.

Through their investigation, law enforcement officers determined the shooting likely occurred at a residence at 1609 Jones St. During a search of an apartment at that address, police found six handguns, and Martinez-Rubio admitted that some of them belonged to him and he had fired them recently, court documents said. The investigation discovered that two of the guns were stolen and one of them had been among 79 guns stolen from a Scheels store in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 2007.

It's not known if either of the stolen guns was used in the shooting.

Police have said that drugs may have been a motive for the shooting and labeled Martinez-Rubio and Cheron as "associates." In addition to the weapons found at the Jones Street home, police found 188 grams of methamphetamine separated into approximately 20 separate packages, 42 grams of marijuana packed into three bags, four digital scales and approximately $100,000 in cash.

Martinez-Rubio remains in the Woodbury County Jail on a $500,000 bond. He also is on a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold.

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