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S.L. 19-year-old charged in asbentia with murder

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Armando Franco-Mendez, 19, Salt Lake City, was charged in absentia Friday with murder.

Police are still searching for Mendez in connection with the shooting death of Fredrick Kennedy Cottrell, 38, on July 22.

According to a 3rd District Court document, a witness told police she observed Cottrell approach Mendez's apartment, 441 N. 200 West, and the two men began to argue. The witness said Cottrell was shot with a handgun.

Mendez also was charged with aggravated assault and tampering with a witness, both third-degree felonies. According to a court document, Mendez allegedly threatened the witness if she told police anything about the incident.