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Man accused of killing coworker with circular saw in Pierce Co. reaches plea deal

Miguel Navarro
Miguel Navarro

Pierce County (WQOW) – The man charged in Pierce County with using a circular saw to murder his coworker has pleaded guilty to an amended homicide charge.

Miguel Navarro, from St. Louis, was charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the 2018 death of Israel Valles-Flores.

According to the investigators, 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.

As part of a plea agreement, Navarro pleaded guilty to an amended count of first-degree reckless homicide in exchange for a count of felony mayhem being dismissed.

Navarro faces a maximum penalty of life in prison at his sentencing hearing on April 6, 2020.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer.

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