SALT LAKE CITY — State charges filed against an Ogden man, which included an attempted murder charge, were dropped Tuesday after a federal grand jury indicted the man in March on drug and gun charges, according to court documents.
Octavio Efrain Estrada-Mendez, 21, was charged in state court with attempted murder, a first-degree felony; two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, one a first-degree felony, the other a second-degree felony; one count of possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, a second-degree felony; along with other misdemeanor charges.
During a disposition hearing Tuesday, all 10 state charges against Estrada-Mendez were dismissed without prejudice, meaning the charges have the potential to be pursued at a later date. Court documents state that the charges were dropped due to a federal indictment, which was filed on March 20.
Estrada-Mendez was federally charged with four felonies: possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
The federal indictment shares little details of Estrada-Mendez’s alleged actions that warranted his charges, but each count in the document is dated on or about Sept. 29, 2018, the day he was arrested in Ogden.
That day, police were called to 3651 Wall Ave. where a male in his 20s had been shot. The victim and Estrada-Mendez were at the Newgate Mall when they were allegedly involved in an altercation. The two decided to “take it outside” and left the mall separately with their girlfriends, according to charging documents in the now-dismissed state case.
The victim and his girlfriend were approaching their car when Mendez allegedly approached and fired one shot from a handgun, hitting the victim in the upper left torso.
Mendez’s girlfriend was putting their son into his car seat in their truck when she heard the shot, court documents say. Mendez allegedly jumped into the truck, said “I’m sorry,” and quickly drove away.
A South Ogden police officer who was in the area and heard the gunshot saw the truck leaving at a high rate of speed and began to pursue him. Police were later able to take Estrada-Mendez into custody, and they allegedly found a handgun and a black backpack containing 217 grams of marijuana, 31 grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale, and packaging materials.
Estrada-Mendez appeared in Salt Lake City’s federal court on Monday and pleaded not guilty to all four charges against him. As of Wednesday, his trial is scheduled to begin on June 10 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah in Salt Lake City.
Estrada-Mendez is being held without bail at the Weber County Jail.