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Man accused of attempted murder not formally charged

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - The Yuma man accused of attempted murder will be released from jail after he was not formally charged in court on Thursday.

Deputies arrested the Yuma man on Tuesday and booked him on first-degree attempted murder and aggravated assault.

The Yuma County Sheriff's Office said the shooting happened on Saturday, September 9 in the area of Fifth Street and May Avenue.

Deputies found a 41-year-old man shot several times.

The county attorney’s office had two days to review the evidence to see if the suspect would be formally charged on both counts but he wasn't.

“With that information provided to the court, states no complaint filed decline. So I have signed a discharge order if no other cases are holding you in custody, anticipate release this afternoon, most likely around six pm this evening," stated Judge Gregory Stewart, Yuma County Superior Court.

Meanwhile, the Yuma County Sheriff's Office shared the number of shootings they've seen in the area.

So far, this year, there have been five shootings.

Almost as many as there were in all of 2022, including one homicide and two attempted homicides.

Last year, there were two homicides and one attempted homicide.

Some neighbors we spoke to say they still feel safe. 

“Yeah, last year, I heard someone was killed over there, my wife was here and one of you guys asked her if she heard anything, and no, and again, I saw you on Tuesday and I was wondering what had happened. I feel pretty safe, I mean compared to Mexico,” said Jose Soto who lives near where the shooting happened.

The Yuma County Sheriff's Office said the investigation is ongoing.

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