EDINBURG — A man and a woman accused of participating in a murder were arraigned here on charges levied in a new indictment that additionally charges them with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Hector Ruben Guerra, 45, and Sandy Lutz, 29, were arraigned on those charges as well as capital murder for the Nov. 7, 2017, killing of 32-year-old Jose Angel Martinez.
Also charged in the case are 34-year-old Gabino Salinas and 22-year-old Benjamin Chavez Sanchez, who entered not guilty pleas last week.
The suspects were re-indicted on Aug 1.
Sanchez and Salinas are also charged with possession of marijuana, more than 4 ounces but less than 5 pounds.
The four suspects are accused of threatening Martinez’s roommate, Ricardo Moreno, with a firearm and “committing or attempting to” kidnap the man, according to the indictment.
Moreno survived the kidnapping while Martinez did not.
Authorities allege the suspects killed Martinez, a street-level drug dealer, in retaliation for an assault on Salinas earlier in the year.
Martinez’s body was found in an orchard where investigators have said they found “more evidence of a violent crime.”
The search for the men began after one of Martinez’s neighbor’s saw large amounts of blood streaked across his driveway.