The suspect in the first murder of the year  in the city of Yakima made his first appearance in court Thursday. Freddie DeLeon is facing second degree murder charges for the killing of Angel Mendez.

Police say DeLeon stabbed Mendez in the heart after the two got in a fight earlier this week on the corner of 6th street and Walnut.

DeLeon is expected back in court in a couple weeks.

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