Murder suspect referred for competency evaluation

By on Wednesday, October 5th, 2022 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

WALLA WALLA – David Delgado, 46, of Kennewick has been ordered to undergo a competency evaluation. He was arrested last month and has been formally charged with first-degree murder in connection to the death of Edward Torres Aguilar, 56, of Walla Walla.

On the morning of Sept. 19, Walla Walla police officers were dispatched to an apartment in the 400 block of South First Avenue for a report of a man who was unconscious and not breathing. Aguilar was found deceased with facial impact injuries and apparent stab wounds to his upper torso and neck.

While investigating, detectives observed Delgado as a passenger in a vehicle passing by the scene. Delgado was contacted and interviewed at the police department. According to court documents, Delgado admitted to killing Aguilar by punching him in the face which knocked him down. Delgado’s right hand appeared to be broken or strained.

Delgado then stated he stabbed Aguilar several times with a knife, which broke into two pieces. When Delgado fled the scene, he told police he placed the broken knife pieces into a garbage can near Aguilar’s apartment. A knife matching this description was located as Delgado described.

Delgado told police he had known Aguilar for several years, but recently heard Aguilar had committed crimes against children. Walla Walla County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Nagle said there’s no proof of that.