Mota found innocent in Oro Valley shooting

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

David Mota

The trial of San Manuel resident David Arnoldo Mota in what was called a deadly road rage incident in Oro Valley ended last week after jurors found him innocent of all charges.

Mota was charged with first degree murder, drive by shooting, and aggravated assault in the incident that occurred on Feb. 28, 2013 that resulted in the death of 22 year old Joshua Switalski. The shooting occurred around 8 p.m. when it is alleged that Mota fired two shots at Switalski’s vehicle after being involved in a verbal altercation with Switalski and his girlfriend while both vehicles were traveling north on Oracle Road near First Ave. in Oro Valley.

Mota’s defense attorney, Natasha Wrae, argued that his actions were justified. Switalski, she said, scared Mota by shouting obscenities and racial epithets at Mota and the passenger in his vehicle. Wrae contended that Mota shot his weapon only to scare Switalski and never intended to hit him.

The prosecutor, Deputy Pima County Attorney Bruce Chalk, pointed to the fact that Mota failed to call police after the incident as reason for his guilt. He also cited Mota’s fleeing to side streets as proof that the shooting was not in self-defense.

Mota’s trial began March 18. The jury returned the not-guilty verdict late Wednesday, March 26.

Staff (2997 Posts)

There are news or informational items frequently written by staff or submitted to the Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner, Superior Sun, Pinal Nugget or Oracle Towne Crier for inclusion in our print or digital products. These items are not credited with an author.


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Additional Stories

    More than $250K in scholarships awarded to Superior High School seniors

    April 27th, 2016
    by

      Parents, students, faculty and staff filled the Multi Purpose Room at Superior Junior-Senior High School last week for the […]


    Miners’ ladies win Rotary Invitational; men finish runner-up

    April 27th, 2016
    by

      The San Manuel Track & Field team hosted nine teams last Friday at their annual Rotary Track & Field […]


    Mammoth-San Manuel Education Foundation makes a curtain call

    April 27th, 2016
    by

        The Mammoth-San Manuel Education Foundation has purchased new curtains for the San Manuel High School Auditorium.   The […]


    Oracle Historical Society’s 30th Annual Oracle Spring Run Car Show was a shining success

    April 27th, 2016
    by

      The 30th Annual Oracle Spring Run Car Show, which took place during the Oracle Oaks Festival, followed the ever-popular […]


  • Additional Stories

    End of an era for Ray’s JROTC program

    April 27th, 2016
    by

      After 43 years, Ray High School Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program was retired with an emotional  […]


    Resolution Copper helps to protect endangered cactus

    April 27th, 2016
    by

    April 25, 2016 – Superior, AZ — Located in far eastern Pinal County, east of Superior and west of Miami, […]


    CAC Governing Board hosts meeting at Aravaipa Campus; president vows that current board will not close campus

    April 27th, 2016
    by

      It is well known that in small towns and organizations everyone must wear multiple hats, and if you are […]


    Baseball and Softball Playoffs Set to Begin on Friday

    April 29th, 2016
    by

    The baseball and softball state playoffs will begin on Friday, Apr. 29 at sports complexes and stadiums throughout the state. […]


  • Copperarea

  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • Southeast Valley Ledger

  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather