Ortiz Murder Trial Starts Wednesday

Trial begins Wednesday for a man accused of fatally shooting a person outside a Moses Lake bar in June of 2016. Prosecutors say Ismael Ortiz faces first degree murder charges in the shooting death of Robert Cook outside Neppel’s Dockside Pub in Moses Lake. Investigators say Cook was an innocent bystander who was shot by Ortiz who had been in a fight with two others at the bar. Another suspect in Cook’s murder took a plea deal earlier this year to witness tampering charges.