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