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Trial date set for suspect involved with fatal New Year’s Day shooting in Sioux City

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Christopher Morales
Christopher Morales faces several charges including first-degree murder
Carlos Morales (Left), Anthony Bauer (Right) were arrested on Jan. 13, both are charged with first-degree murder.

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - A trial date has been set for one of the men charged in a fatal New Year's Day shooting in Sioux City.

Court documents state 19-year-old Christopher Morales faces several charges including first-degree murder in the death of 18-year-old Mia Kritis.

His jury trial is set to begin on July 20.

The fatal shooting happened on Jan. 1 in the 2600 block of Walker Street in Sioux City. Investigators say several people opened fire on a residence with 9-millimeter handguns and an assault-style rifle.

Kritis died from her injuries. Three other people were struck by gunfire, and were injured. They have since recovered.

Christopher Morales' brother, Carlos Morales, and another suspect, 18-year-old Anthony Bauer, were arrested on Jan. 13, when police found them in a car on the 3100 block of Floyd Boulevard.

Both men are also charged with first-degree murder in the case.

Court documents claim Carlos Morales was not 18 years old at the time of the shooting on Jan. 1. He turned 18 on Jan. 11, 10 days after the shooting.

So, defense attorneys are asking for his case to be moved to Juvenile Court. A transfer hearing in Carlos Morales' case is set for April 2.

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