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2 face manslaughter charges in Pima County death

TUCSON, Ariz. — Pima County sheriff’s deputies have arrested two men on
manslaughter charges in the death of a woman.

Deputy Jesus Banuelos says 31-year-old Richard Radvansky and 27-year-old Jesse
Ray Simonsen were booked Thursday into the Pima County jail. They are accused in
the death of 28-year-old Melissa Sparks.

Authorities were first alerted to Sparks’ death when Radvansky flagged down a
driver along Redington Road and told the person to call police because his
friend had committed suicide.

When deputies arrived, they found Sparks on the side of the road.

Authorities have yet to provide any details about the cause of death.

Radvansky and Simonsen were taken into custody after they were interviewed by
authorities. It’s not immediately clear if they have legal representation.


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