Murder trial begins for David Mota

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

The trial of San Manuel resident David Arnoldo Mota in what is called a deadly road rage incident in Oro Valley began Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Pima County Superior Court.

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.

Opening statements by the prosecution said Switalski and his girlfriend were on their way to dinner when the vehicle driven by Mota cut them off in traffic. This led to the verbal altercation.

The defense attorney Natasha Wrae, in her opening statement, said that it was more than a simple exchange of words. She said obscenities and racial epithets were shouted at Mota and his passenger Daniel Fehr. These actions frightened Mota she contended. She also said that Mota fired his gun to scare Switalski, not intending to hit him.

The case is ongoing.

Staff (1359 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.

  • Stories Just Posted

    Superior woman killed in head on collision

    April 17th, 2015
    by

    On Thursday, April 16, 2015 at about 6:10 p.m. a two vehicle collision occurred on US 60, milepost 228.2 east […]


    Pastor’s Corner: Back in His Loving Arms

    April 13th, 2015
    by

    The prophet Isaiah spoke these words in chapter 59, “Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear.  But your


    Little League Opening Day set for April 20th

    April 13th, 2015
    by

    Superior Little League has announced that the annual season opening day parade is set for Monday, April 20, 2015.


    Warrior Hikers visit Superior

    April 13th, 2015
    by

    Over the weekend, the Superior VFW assisted the Warrior Hike organization.


  • Stories Just For You

    Medical marijuana grow facility in Oracle?

    March 17th, 2015
    by

    San Manuel Miner On Feb. 18, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors voted to amend a text of the county zoning ordinance regarding open cultivation of medical marijuana.


    CCEDC offers leadership training to local residents; deadline to apply Feb. 27

    February 17th, 2015
    by

    Copper Area News The Copper Corridor Economic Development Coalition is looking for local residents to step up into a leadership role in local communities.


    CAHRA provides weatherization program

    February 10th, 2015
    by

    Community Action Human Resources Agency (CAHRA) has funding to assist eligible low-income homeowners in Pinal County with weatherization, according to Mary Lou Rosales, executive director.


    SunZia receives key federal permit to build transmission project

    January 27th, 2015
    by

    PHOENIX, AZ (January 24, 2015) – The SunZia Southwest Transmission Project received a “Record of Decision” (ROD) today from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for its proposed transmission project


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather