A suspect has been charged in connection with a deadly shooting in Saginaw from six years ago.

Marcos A. Torres, 25, was arraigned on Jan. 13 for open murder, possessing a firearm as a felon, and two charges of possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony-third offense. Torres pleaded not guilty and was given a $450,000 bond.

Dakota Rico, 21, was found shot to death in the driver’s seat of a pickup truck at the corner of Douglass Street and Youmans Street shortly after midnight on Sept. 2, 2015. The Saginaw Police Department and Michigan State Police are still investigating the case.

Mother wants answers 3 years after son's murder

On Jan. 8, police found new information on the case. The evidence led to the arrest of Torres.

“This new evidence made a significant difference in establishing Marcos Torres as the man who murdered Dakota Rico,” Saginaw County Prosecutor John McColgan Jr. said.

The Saginaw County Prosecutor’s Office notes the persistence of Crime Stoppers and Rico’s mother, Sue Rico, were helpful in trying to gather information related to the homicide.

“While the new information that we received on this case did not come from Crime Stoppers, we appreciate the many efforts made by Crime Stoppers and by Sue Rico in trying to find justice for Dakota Rico,” McColgan said.

Torres would face up to life in prison without parole if convicted of his open murder charge.

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