Moses Lake man held on $3 million bail in shooting deaths of two brothers


A 40-year-old Moses Lake man is being held on $3 million bail in the shooting deaths of two brothers outside Moses Lake on Saturday.

Noe Pena is accused of two counts of second-degree murder in the killing  52-year-old Epitacio Martinez-Molina, 52, and his brother Moises Martinez, 37.

Their bodies were found about noon in a dairy-owned garage in the 8000 block of Road 18 Northeast north of Moses Lake.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded about 11:45 a.m. to a report of a man with a gun in his hand walking east on Road 18 Northeast.

The sheriff’s office said Pena was ordered to drop the gun, which he eventually did.

A witness had notified deputies of the two bodies in the garage.

Kyle Foreman, public information officer for the sheriff’s office, said the garage was on property owned by Mickelsen Ranch, where the two victims worked and lived in farmworker housing.

Shell casings found in the garage and the gun found on Pena have been sent to the state crime lab for analysis.

Foreman said Pena and the two victims had earlier been playing poker together.