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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Seven San Marcos men — six teens and a 21-year-old — have been charged with capital murder in a fatal shooting early Monday in eastern San Marcos.

Joel Espino, 21, was found dead from an apparent gunshot at the Schawe Mobile Home Park, 1701 River Road, when police arrived at about 2:13 a.m. June 22. Two other men, both among those arrested, were taken to hospitals in San Marcos and Austin with injuries.

The suspects are being held at the Hays County jail on $500,000 bail set by Hays County Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Joanne Prado, according to jail records. They are:

Joe Angel Smith-Saucedo, 21 years old

Joe Angel Smith-Saucedo, 21 years old

Xavier Luis Magana, 18

Xavier Luis Magana, 18

Joey Vargas, 18 years old

Joey Vargas, 18 years old

Joe Michael Magana, 17 years old

Joe Michael Magana, 17 years old

Reynaldo Lerma, 18 years old

Reynaldo Lerma, 18 years old

Jeremy Tobias, 17 years old

Jeremy Tobias, 17 years old

Daniel Francisco Castillo, 17 years old

Daniel Francisco Castillo, 17 years old

 

Update

5:53 p.m. TUESDAY, JUNE 23: This just in from Trey Hatt, a city of San Marcos spokesperson:

Seven people have been charged with capital murder in connection with a fatal shooting on River Road early Monday morning.

The suspects are:

· Daniel Francisco Castillo (DOB 10/05/1997)
· Joe Angel Smith-Saucedo (DOB 10/05/1993)
· Joe Michael Magana (DOB 08/26/1997)
· Joey Vargas (DOB 06/18/1997)
· Jeremy Tobias (DOB 05/11/1998)
· Reynaldo Lerma (DOB 11/02/1996)
· Xavier Luis Magana (DOB 06/28/1996)

Castillo, Smith-Saucedo, Joe Magana, Vargas and Tobias were arrested Monday afternoon. Lerma was arrested Monday night, and Xavier Magana was arrested Tuesday afternoon. All are being held on $500,000 bond and face charges of capital murder.

The shooting left 21-year-old Joel Espino dead and two other men injured—suspects Joe Magana and Xavier Magana.

The San Marcos Police Department responded to a residence in the 1700 block of River Road at 2:13 a.m. Monday after a report that a person at the address was shot in the head. The caller reported three men, all wearing black, came to the home with a gun, shots were fired, and the suspects drove away.

Officers were able to locate the suspects’ vehicle, a silver Toyota Avalon.  Officers stopped the vehicle and took four males suspects into custody.  Officers found a handgun when they searched of the car.

Espino’s body was found at the residence on River Road with an apparent gunshot wound.  A second weapon, a stolen rifle, was found at the home.

A short time after the incident, Joe Magana and Xavier Magana arrived at Central Texas Medical Center with gunshot wounds. Xavier Magana was transferred to University Medical Center-Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, and Joe Magana was released from CTMC with a gunshot to the shoulder. Xavier Magana was released from UMC-Brackenridge Tuesday afternoon and transferred to the Hays County Law Enforcement Center.

Police believe this incident may have started as an attempted robbery that escalated to a shooting between the people in the residence and the suspects. There are also reports that the residence is a known drug location.

Hays County Narcotics Task Force and Department of Public Safety Crime Lab are assisting SMPD with the investigation.

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10 thoughts on “Six San Marcos teens charged with capital murder in River Road shooting

  1. Let’s hope that san mrcos police are not like the SanAntonio police! They do the crime,they get a bond hearing, they give them bail and they get released for doing a serious crime and they go out and brag on what they done and go out and do it again. Because the only thing SanAntonio police do are worry about panhandlers instead of putting the real criminals behind bars. Seems that here in SanAntonio they got their priorities backwards. So sanmarcos police don’t give these murders any slack. Give them what they deserve,and don’t forget it ain’t all their fault? It starts with the parents.who should have taught them better values in how to be a good person. God Bless too the family for their loss!!!!

  2. It is ashamed that these kids now days don’t think about how they make mistakes but end up hurting themselves and there families. I am praying for all the families involved. This is very sad.

  3. I’M SURE MOST OF THEM WERE THERE BECAUSE OF FEAR OF SAYING NO IT’S NOT RIGHT OR JUST TOO SCARED TO BE LOOKED AT LIKE A PUSSY SO THEY WENT ALONG..WELL FUK THAT I’D RATHER BE A PUSSY AND FREE. NOT A BAD ASS AND IN PRISON.. AND IT’S NOT THE PATENTS FAULT THESE KIDS WILL DO AS THEY PLEASE..

  4. To the people who make ignorant comments and think nothing can ever happen to them. They all get a day in court and sometimes even then we see that the court doesn’t always work that is why so many innocent people are found guilty! Corruption in our Justice system corruption in our children what you need to do is since your life is so perfect is start praying for the lost. Learn to look at facts not media if you really are concerned follow the case until the end and then make your comments. Parents aren’t responsible for all the actions of their children to the person who said this you must not have kids.
    Remember everything you say will come back to you or your offspring. So if you comment make sure it’s the right thing to say. No one is perfect.

  5. Don’t simply blame the parents. It is a much much more complex issue. It is so easy to judge. But you don’t know anything but a paragraph of information. Some of these boys’ BOYS’! stories could not even be captured in one book! It is a messed up tale of dead ends, drugs and despair. Lives are ruined to be sure. It is a tragedy.

    They are young and stupid and were high on crime.

    Once upon a time there was a sweet boy laughing at the monkeys on a first grade field trip to the zoo. I know because I was holding his hand. Where was the innocence lost?

  6. Those three boys I know as friends in San Marcos I use hang out with them at the skate park and they where really cool people to be around so plz stop bad mouth them if you don’t know them like I did!!

  7. Ha I knew em all to and let me tell you Joel was just trying to make a living until they tried to rob him and they got there lives robbed so j hope they get the worst in the pin

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