Hearings reset for 3 attempted murder suspects

Jose Rudicindo Anaya III, Francisco Gilberto Garcia Mayo and Yamil Garza Villarreal

EDINBURG — Hearings for three suspects accused of attempted capital murder were reset for next month.

Jose Rudicindo Anaya III, 22, of Edinburg, Francisco Gilberto Garcia Mayo, 25, of San Juan, and Yamil Garza Villarreal, 32, of McAllen, had their respective hearings reset for Nov. 18 after the court agreed to reset their hearings.

Villarreal and Mayo, who are currently in federal custody, did not appear as a result, and the court agreed to reset Anaya’s hearing as well, court staff confirmed Wednesday.

The men, along with four others, are facing attempted murder and several other charges, related to a May 31 drive-by shooting that left two men with gunshot wounds.

Jose Javier Solis, 37, of Cedar Creek, a co-defendant in the case, represented by attorney Javier A. Tijerina, had his case reset for Oct. 31, after his appearance before the 93rd state District Court, records show.

The remaining three suspects, Victor Ramirez, 24, of Edinburg, Jesus Martinez, 29, of City Creek, and Jose Mario Cardeñas, 29, all have future hearings scheduled for later this month, with Cardeñas scheduled for an Oct. 15 hearing, and November, with Ramirez and Martinez scheduled before the 139th state district Judge on Nov. 12, records show.

At a late August hearing, the state described the alleged crime that took place on May 31 as a “drive by shooting” that left two men, Jesus Guadalupe Mares with non-life threatening injuries to his right arm and the left side of his face, and David Davila unharmed.

The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement at the time of the incident, that the victims were sitting inside a truck near the corner of Maya Drive and Minnesota Road in the Lopezville area when someone approached and began shooting at them.

Mares and Davila attempted to flee the scene in a pickup truck, but were pursued by two vehicles.

Eventually, the truck crashed near Canton Road and Raul Longoria Road in Edinburg, according to the sheriff’s statement.

At the time, officials believed the shooting was part of a larger criminal enterprise, potentially involving human smuggling, and the proceeds from that type of racket.

The indictment, filed Aug. 22, sheds some light on that element, alleging 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.”

All of the suspects remained in the Hidalgo County jail except for Cardeñas, Villarreal and Mayo, who are all in federal custody.

If convicted of the attempted murder charge, all seven men face up to life in prison.