Court documents: Local attorney met his accused killer through dating app


Court documents allege a local attorney met his accused killer through an online dating app.

Attorney Marcos Vargas was killed in November and nearly six months after his killing, police arrested 19-year-old Nicholas Quintana on suspicion of murder on May 3.

Vargas’ body was found inside the gated Golden Valley Apartment complex where he lived.
Police say Vargas and Quintana met through the dating app MeetMe. According to investigators, Vargas invited men through the app to come to his apartment for sex. 

Police say Quintana was one of those men 

Investigators say cell phone records also show Quintana was near Vargas’ home on the night of the killing.

Additionally, police say a car similar to Quintana’s was captured on surveillance video that night in the apartment complex. 

Records also put both men’s cell phones in Long Beach after Vargas’ death. 

Vargas was an active member of the legal community working with Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance and was also involved with the Immigration Justice Collaborative and the Young Lawyer Section of the Kern County Bar. 

Quintana is being held on $2 million bail. Arraignment was rescheduled to next week. 

Quintana also had a warrant for battery and willful cruelty to a child in a separate case, that is ongoing.

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