An Edinburg resident charged with attempted capital murder for their role in a botched attempt to abduct illegal immigrants at the end of May entered a not guilty plea Tuesday morning.
Jose Reducindo Anaya III, 22, was arraigned on charges levied in an Aug. 22 indictment that also include engaging in organized criminal activity, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and deadly conduct.
Anaya is charged along six others in the case, who all face the same charges, including 32-year-old McAllen resident Yamil Garza Villarreal and Francisco Gilberto Garcia Mayo, a 25-year-old Mexican citizen, who were also scheduled for arraignment Tuesday morning.
However, court records indicate both Villarreal and Mayo are in federal custody because of supervised release violations. Villarreal has a conviction for attempting to smuggle three undocumented immigrants through the Border Patrol checkpoint in Falfurrias while Mayo has one for attempting to smuggle nearly 575 pounds of marijuana into the country.
The latest charges follow a May 31 shooting that left Jesus Guadalupe Mares with non-life threatening injuries to his right arm and the left side of his face.
Mares was sitting inside a truck with David Davila at the corner of Maya Drive and Minnesota Road in the Lopezville area when someone approached and began shooting at them, the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement after the incident.
The men, who later crashed near Canton and Raul Longoria roads in Edinburg, attempted to flee while being pursued by two vehicles.
The indictment alleges the group was “going to a location to obtain possession or abduct smuggled persons, shooting at individuals in a motor vehicle occupied by smuggled persons, and/or following a motor vehicle occupied by smuggled persons.”
Also charged in the case are 24-year-old Edinburg resident Victor Alejandro Ramirez, 28-year-old Jesus Martinez, of City Creek, Texas, 37-year-old Jesus Javier Solis, of Cedar Creek, Texas, and 29-year-old Jose Mario Cardenas, who is in federal custody.
Ramirez and Martinez entered not guilty pleas last week.