Posted: 5:35 p.m.
More than one week after the death of 47-year-old DPS officer Tim Huffman, the man involved in the fatal traffic accident was formally charged in court Tuesday.
"Mr. Espinoza, the state of Arizona has charged you with 19 separate charges, all felonies. Count one: second degree murder,” said Judge Russ Jones.
In addition to second degree murder, state prosecutors are charging Jorge Espinoza, 33, with 13 counts of endangerment and five counts of criminal damage.
Espinoza has been free after posting $200,000 bail Saturday.
"The State's not seeking to increase the bond, but the state would like if you would order not to leave the country and surrender his passport if he has one,” said the state prosecutor.
The evening of May 6, officer Huffman was investigating a traffic collision on the eastbound lanes of Interstate-8, about 40 miles east of Yuma.
Huffman was sitting in his patrol car writing a report while parked on the shoulder of the highway.
Flashing lights and an officer tried to signal Espinoza, who was heading toward Huffman's patrol car, but Espinoza's tanker truck slammed into Huffman's car--killing him instantly.
Espinoza will be back in the Wellton Justice Court May 31.
Meanwhile, a public memorial for Officer Huffman is scheduled for Wednesday.
A procession will begin at 8 a.m. at the Yuma mortuary and will lead to the Yuma Civic Center, located at 1440 W. Desert Hills Dr., where the memorial will begin at 9 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Huffman's honor can be made to the Arizona Highway Patrol Association by going to their website at www.ahpa.com.
AHPA says 100 percent of the donations will go to Huffman's family and his memorial.