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Posted on: August 5, 2020

Bexar County Grand Jury indicts pair for April 2020 capital murder

During the week of July 6-10, 2020, two newly impaneled Bexar County Grand Juries handed down more than 150 felony indictments.

Angel Jonathan Koenigstein and Nathaniel Velasquez are co-defendants in three separate indictments. One indictment charges the pair with capital murder – other felony. That indictment alleges that on April 12, 2020, Koenigstein and Velasquez intentionally caused the death of Christian Retiz by shooting Retiz with a firearm and that they were in the course of committing or attempting to commit the offense of robbery of Malachi Bruce-Lowery.

Koenigstein and Velasquez are also charged with aggravated robbery. One indictment alleges that on April 12, 2020, the pair, while in the course of committing theft of property and with intent to obtain and maintain control of said property, used and exhibited a firearm and that they intentionally, knowingly and recklessly caused bodily injury to Bruce-Lowery by shooting Bruce-Lowery with a deadly weapon.

A second aggravated robbery indictment alleges that on April 12, 2020, Koenigstein and Velasquez, while in the course of committing theft of property and with intent to obtain and maintain control of said property, did intentionally and knowingly threaten and place Christopher Pruett in fear of imminent bodily injury and death and that the Koenigstein and Velasquez used and exhibited a deadly weapon (firearm).

These cases are being prosecuted by the Criminal Trial Division in the 144th District Court. Because these cases are pending trial, we can make no further comment on them.

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