Twin Falls Man Charged With Manslaughter


By Andrew Reed

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The man accused of stabbing another man to death this weekend made his first appearance in court Tuesday afternoon.

Cayde Lish, 21, was formally charged with voluntary manslaughter with a weapons enhancement.

This, after police say he killed Jerimiah Piaz, 24.

Police say the stabbing happened after the two got into an argument outside of Canyon Crest dining and event center early Saturday morning.

Officers say Lish stabbed Piaz multiple times, and he died before help could arrive.

Now, Lish has been charged with voluntary manslaughter.

It was a somber scene a the Twin Falls County courtroom.

Friends and family gathered to face the man they say took the life of Jerimiah Paiz, known as J.D. to his family.

"J.D. touched a lot of people hearts in a lot of different ways there are so many people here who loved him, he would walk into a room and make people smile” said Thadea Hunter, Friend of Jerimiah.

"The family is angry at what happen to J.D., I think a lot of people are very angry at what happen to him not just the family. It was so unfair what they did to him” said Maria Castillo, Friend of Jerimiah.

J.D's family didn't want to speak on camera but say, they want justice.

"The preliminary part of the police investigation was conducted over the weekend my office was closely involved with the police department as they did that, based on all the evidence that has been gathered at this point we filed charges of voluntary manslaughter with a weapons enhancement” said Grant Loebs, Prosecuting Attorney, Twin Falls County.

The Twin Falls Police Department is still investigating the homicide.

"Investigations aren't really over until the trial is complete and suspect accepts a plea-bargain through the prosecutor's office and receives a sentence” said Sgt. John Wilson, Twin Falls Police.

A sentence that will come in the near future for Lish and the family.

"I'll never be able to hold his hand, give him a hug, and tell him I love him. He would send me a text ‘hola my friend’. I'll never get another text message from J.D.” said Melanie Andrus, Friend of Jerimiah.

Voluntary manslaughter with a weapons enhancement could be a sentence up to 30-years in prison.

Lish is being held in the twin falls county jail on a $250,000 bond.

He will be back in court on October 19, 2012.

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