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Man charged with murder in fatal Boise Bench shooting; two women charged, too

Police surround house; three in custody in fatal shooting

Police closed off Meridian Road while they surrounded a house to question people about a Boise shooting and fatality.
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Police closed off Meridian Road while they surrounded a house to question people about a Boise shooting and fatality.

A Meridian man was booked into the Ada County Jail on Monday night on suspicion of second-degree murder after a woman was killed and two people were hospitalized in a shooting on the Boise Bench.

Anthony Joseph Alcala, 20, was charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon or instrument in addition to second-degree murder, according to the Boise Police Department. He was booked at 7:22 p.m. in connection to alleged killing of 19-year-old Briana Martinez.

Two women also were charged in the case. Taja Ra McMurtrey-Winn, 22, of Boise, was booked at 6:31 p.m. on a felony charge of accessory to murder. Jessica Lee Perez, 18, of Boise, was booked at 6:15 p.m., also on a felony charge of accessory to murder. They were charged “for their assistance in carrying out the crime,” according to a BPD release.

The trio were charged in connection with the shooting late Sunday night on the Boise Bench and are set for arraignment Tuesday, according to BPD. The motive for the shooting has not yet been disclosed.

McMurtrey-Winn previously was charged with a felony and two misdemeanor drug offenses on March 27, according to court records. She recently failed to appear for her April 5 court hearing in the drug case and a bench warrant had been issued for her arrest.

The Ada County coroner identified the deceased victim in the shooting as Martinez, who died of a single gunshot wound at 12:25 a.m. Monday at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.

Two other adults, a man and woman, were taken to the hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds. Their exact condition was not released, but police said they were stable. The names of the other two victims have not been released by police.

The Boise Bench shooting was reported at 11:58 p.m. Sunday. It occurred at a residence near Palouse Street and South Owyhee Street.

When police arrived, they found victims outside and multiple suspects fled before police arrived.

Boise police are still investigating the motive for the shooting, but said it occurred after a dispute between people who knew each other.

Following up on leads, investigators determined that a vehicle that was seen at the Boise shooting was located at a house in the 3900 block of North Lezana Street in Meridian, Meridian Deputy Police Chief Tracy Basterrechea told the Statesman.

Police obtained a search warrant. They surrounded the house and ordered the occupants to come out. One male and two females were taken into custody in connection with the case — after a lengthy search of a house occurred — but police initially declined to identify them pending charges.

This is a breaking news report and will be updated.

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