Weather Related Delays and Closings

Suspect in Des Moines Triple Murder Waives Right to Speedy Trial

Marvin Escobar-Orellana makes jail court appearance on three counts of first degree murder, July 18, 2019. (WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa – The man accused of killing a mother and her two children in Des Moines in July has waived his right to a speedy trial.

Thirty-one-year-old Marvin Escobar-Orellana is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 29-year-old Rossibeth Flores-Rodriguez, 11-year-old Grecia Daniela Alvarado-Flores, and five-year-old Ever Jose Mejia-Flores.

Des Moines police say they were shot to death by Escobar-Orellana, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, on July 16th at a home in the 1000 block of Day Street. Rossibeth Flores-Rodriguez and her children had been living in the basement of the home while Escobar-Orellana and his family lived on the main level.

Escobar-Orellana claimed he shot Rossibeth Flores-Rodriguez in self-defense after she shot her two children. Investigators say a witness to the shootings told them otherwise and ballistic evidence also indicates Escobar-Orellana is lying.

An autopsy revealed each victim had been shot in the head twice.

Escobar-Orellana has been living under the name of Marvin Oswaldo Esquivel-Lopez and has been twice deported from the U.S., according to a spokesperson for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Court documents show earlier this week Escobar-Orellana waived his right to a speedy trial.

Back in August, the court scheduled his murder trial to begin October 28th.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.