STANTON — A Lamesa man currently believed to be on the run in Mexico was indicted on a single count of murder Thursday by a Martin County grand jury, one of more than a dozen true bills handed down by the jury.
Jose Americo Garcia, 37, formerly of Lamesa, was indicted on a charge of murder (first-degree felony) for the Aug. 21, 2011, shooting of 32-year-old Anau Rodriguez Villagrana, also of Lamesa.
According to law enforcement officials, the shooting was reported during the morning hours when a local resident called 911 to report someone had been shot at their residence in the 3100 block of County Road D 3600 in central Martin County.
Deputies with the Martin County Sheriff's Office arrived on the scene to find 32-year-old Anau Rodriguez Villagrana of Lamesa suffering from a single gunshot wound to the head.
According to MCSH Chief Deputy Ernest Wakefield, Villagrana was still breathing when emergency responders transported him to Midland Memorial Hospital. However, the Lamesa man was pronounced dead just before noon by Justice of the Peace Joe Matlock.
A region-wide manhunt was launched, as law enforcement officials speculated Garcia — who was believed at the time to be traveling with his wife, Rosalinda Garcia, and their children, a 5-year-old girl and a 4-year-old son — would attempt to cross into Mexico.
Rosalina Garcia was taken into custody by investigators with the Texas Rangers Sept. 14, 2011, in Lamesa, nearly a month after fleeing the United States to Mexico. According to law enforcement officials, the whereabouts of the children is unknown.
If convicted, Garcia could face five to 99 years to life in prison. However, the Lamesa man hasn't yet been arrested and is believed to still be in Mexico, according to law enforcement officials.
Also indicted Thursday was Crystal Calderon, 30, of 1811 Mittel in Big Spring, on a charge of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle (second-degree felony) for the July 2009 death of Rosie Hernandez.
Calderon is alleged to have been intoxicated July 12, 2009, when the vehicle she was driving was involved in an accident on Interstate Highway 20 in Martin County. According to DPS reports, Hernandez was a passenger in the vehicle Calderon was driving and was killed as a result of injuries received in the accident.
Hernandez was a native and long-time resident of Big Spring who was living in Midland at the time of her death. Calderon was arrested Oct. 4 by a Department of Public Safety trooper in Big Spring and booked into the Howard County Detention Center, where she was later freed on $75,000 bond.
If convicted, the Big Spring woman could face a sentence ranging from two to 10 years in a state prison.
Also indicted was Jacob Jay Aguirre, 31, of 425 S. Oak in Stanton, on a charge of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle (first-degree felony, enhanced) for the Aug. 25 death of James Henry Franklin, 27, of Thornton, Texas.
The one-vehicle accident was reported just after 9 p.m. on Interstate Highway 20, approximately three miles west of Stanton. Aguirre was driving east on the south service road of Interstate 20, but when the vehicle exited the road it overturned, officials with DPS said. Franklin was pronounced dead at the scene.
Aguirre was transported in stable condition with head injuries to Midland Memorial Hospital. A second Thornton man was a passenger in the vehicle — William Wedgman, according to accident reports — but suffered only minor injuries in the crash.
None of the three men were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident, according to DPS reports.
If convicted, Aguirre could face five to 99 years to life in prison.
Also indicted Thursday were:
• Pedro Rivera Aponte, 53, of 1305 Nolan, theft – more than $1,500 and less than $20,000 (state jail felony).
• Rigoberto Arreguin, 43, of Amherst, Texas, driving while intoxicated (third-degree felony).
• Michael L. Dickson, 30, of Clovis, N.M., failure to stop and render aid – manslaughter (second-degree felony) and failure to stop and render aid – manslaughter (third-degree felony).
• Moses Gonzales, 37, currently in the custody of the Martin County Jail, burglary of a habitation (second-degree felony).
• Elena Reyes Gonzalez, 42, of Roby, Texas, possession of a controlled substance (third-degree felony).
• Jonathon Alejandro Hinojosa, 21, of 601 N. College St. in Stanton, forgery (state jail felony).
• Elisabeth Klassen, 38, of Canada, theft – more than $1,500 and less than $20,000 (state jail felony).
• Lance Land, 23, of 1606 Settles, Big Spring, fraudulent use or possession of identifying information (state jail felony).
• Richard Breck Robertson, 32, of 2209 Runnels, Big Spring, assault causing serious bodily injury (second-degree felony).
• Corey Glenn Rodgers, 43, of Midland, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (two counts, both second-degree felonies).
• Jordon Jamar Salgado, 18, of 304 S. St. Theresa, Stanton, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (second-degree felony).
• Rick Alan Waddell, 53, of Midland, evading arrest (third-degree felony).