Man accused of killing coworker with circular saw pleads not guilty

Pierce County (WQOW) – The man charged in Pierce County with using a circular saw to murder his coworker pleaded not guilty on Wednesday.

Miguel Navarro, from St. Louis, entered that plea after a judge ruled it is probable he committed a crime. Navarro is charged with first degree murder for the death last month of Israel Valles-Flores.

According to the charges, both men were part of a crew working on the roof of a home near River Falls when Navarro used a circular saw to cut Flores in the neck, face, back, arms and legs.

Navarro told investigators he was mad because Flores and other workers had been teasing him.

He also thought he was being drugged, maybe to work more, and said he didn’t feel right. Navarro will return to court in October.

Keith Edwards

Keith Edwards

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