Final suspect in Caldwell Christmas Eve murder is now in custody

Edgar Covarrubias, 20, is in the Canyon County jail awaiting a district court arraignment on felony charges of second-degree murder and two counts of aggravated battery.

Covarrubias is one of four suspects indicted in connection with the Christmas Eve stabbing death of Ricardo Sedano in Caldwell, but he remained at large until late Thursday night, when he turned himself in at the Canyon County jail. He took part in an initial arraignment Friday. Since a grand jury indicted him, he will next proceed to a district court arraignment May 22 rather than undergoing a preliminary hearing, where a judge determines if a case should continue to district court and a trial.

On top of the three felonies, Covarrubias is also charged with three felony enhancements — for the use of a deadly weapon, committing a gang-related felony and “infliction of great bodily injury” — that could result in extra prison time if he is convicted.

The other suspects in the case were arrested in earlier this year. Jacob Hernandez, 19, is scheduled for trial in July on the same charges Covarrubias faces, including enhancements for use of a deadly weapon, infliction of great bodily injury and intent to promote gang activity.

Gilberto Garza, 23, is scheduled for arraignment Friday on felony charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and two counts of aiding and abetting aggravated battery. His charges also carry a gang enhancement.

Aggravated battery and use of a deadly weapon charges against the fourth suspect, 19-year-old Gustavo Rodruiguez, were dismissed during a preliminary hearing in March, according to court records.

Sedano died of stab wounds and two other men were injured during a Christmas Eve altercation between the victims and a group of uninvited guests at a home in the 2000 block of Rice Avenue, Caldwell police said.

Police said the victims and attackers were members of rival gangs.