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Coroner confirms cause of death of two men killed last week

Pocatello

POCATELLO — Bannock County officials have confirmed the cause of two deaths that occurred at separate times at the same house.

On Thursday, Pocatello police responded to a fight-in=progress call around 10:30 p.m. at the house on the 500 block of Jefferson Avenue in Pocatello.

Paramedics were also dispatched and transported one male to the hospital.

Bannock County Coroner Kim Quick says the victim, a 31-year-old man, was pronounced dead at Portneuf Medical Center at 11:38 p.m. The man has been identified as Ronald Michael Christensen, according to a news release.

Quick says the cause of death was determined to be the result of a single stab wound, but could not comment on the location of the stab wound as the death continues to be an active investigation.

Police arrested 42-year-old Kristina May Juarez on Friday for second-degree murder in the death of the man. It’s unclear what relationship the woman had with the victim.

Quick says just prior to 8 a.m. Friday he was called out to the same home on Jefferson Avenue to investigate a second deceased man.

“Police had been in contact with the man for some time throughout the morning,” Quick tells EastIdahoNews.com. “He had barricaded himself in the basement. Shortly after 7 a.m., the man took his own life.”

Quick said as far as his investigation is concerned, the deaths are considered two separate incidents.

EastIdahoNews.com has requested court records, which court clerks said are unavailable at this time.

Pocatello Police Spokeswoman Diane Brush tells EastIdahoNews.com she expects more information to be released from her department later Monday afternoon.

EastIdahoNews.com will provide updates as they become available.

Juarez is being held in the Bannock County Detention Center on no bond at this time. She is scheduled to make her first court appearance today.

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