San Antonio, Texas, November 29, 2016: A Bexar County Grand Jury has returned multiple indictments against defendant Johnny Joe Avalos, age 29. The initial indictment alleged that Avalos committed the Capital Murder of Natalie Chavez in the course of an Aggravated Sexual Assault on December 18, 2014. The new indictment adds an additional paragraph, alleging that not only was Natalie Chavez murdered in the course of an aggravated sexual assault, but that the defendant murdered a second person, Rosemary Perez, in a different incident on January 12th 2015, pursuant to the same scheme and course of conduct. Chavez, who was 15 years old at the time of her death, was discovered naked on the cement embankment of a bridge on Veracruz, on the city’s west side. Perez, 28, was found wrapped in a sheet along a sidewalk in the 2100 block of San Fernando.
A second indictment charges Avalos with the murders of Celia Ann Lopez, age 29, and Genevieve Ramirez, age 46, in April of 2015, during different criminal transactions, but pursuant to the same scheme and course of conduct. Celia Lopez’s deceased body was found in a fenced- in area along the 4400 block of S. Presa on April 15th, 2015. Genevieve Ramirez was found unresponsive a short distance away in an alley along the 100 block of Avondale on April 3rd 2015. She died in the hospital two months later from her injuries.
Avalos is scheduled to appear in the 437th District Court on December 19, 2016 for a scheduling hearing. At that time, the judge can set any future hearings or trial. Capital Murder is a felony, punishable by life in prison without the possibility of parole or death. The State is seeking the death penalty for Avalos.