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Posted on: October 14, 2022

Bexar County Grand Jury indicts pair for July 2022 double murder

This week, Bexar County Grand Juries handed down 276 felony indictments.

Juan Reyes (SID: 1078082) and John Torres (SID: 1086157) are charged with capital murder. The indictment alleges that on July 7, 2022, Reyes and Torres intentionally and knowingly caused the death of Sergio Soto by shooting Soto with a deadly weapon (firearm) and that Reyes and Torres intentionally and knowingly caused the death of Rachel Martinez by shooting Martinez with a deadly weapon (firearm) and that both murders were committed during the same criminal transaction. The Family Violence Division is prosecuting these cases in the 227th District Court. Capital murder is punishable by life in prison without parole or the death penalty.

Juan Becerra (SID: 258561) is charged with murder. The indictment alleges that on Oct. 23, 2021, Becerra intentionally and knowingly caused the death of Roy Salinas Junior by cutting and stabbing Salinas with a deadly weapon (knife) that in the manner of its use and intended use was capable of causing death and serious bodily injury. The Criminal Trial Division is prosecuting this case in the 290th District Court. Murder is a first-degree felony punishable by 5 to 99 years or life in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000.

Vernon Dixon (SID: 445100) is charged with murder. The indictment alleges that on March 31, 2022, Dixon intentionally and knowingly caused the death of Avante Boyce by shooting Boyce with a deadly weapon (firearm). The Criminal Trial Division is prosecuting this case in the 187th District Court. Murder is a first-degree felony punishable by 5 to 99 years or life in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000.

Elijaih Gonzales (SID: 1128647) is charged in separate indictments: 399th CTD

  • Attempted capital murder of a police officer: This indictment alleges that on July 21, 2022, Gonzales intentionally and knowingly attempted to cause the death of Drew Matthewson by shooting Matthewson with a deadly weapon (firearm), an act amounting to   more than mere preparation that tended but failed to effect the commission of the offense of capital murder, and Matthewson was a peace officer who was acting in the lawful discharge of an official duty and Gonzales knew Matthewson was a peace officer.
  • Aggravated robbery: The indictment alleges that on July 21, 2022, Gonzales, while in the course of committing theft of property and with intent to obtain and maintain control of said property, intentionally and knowingly threatened and placed the complainant in fear of imminent bodily injury and death and Gonzales used and exhibited a deadly weapon (firearm).
  • Felon in possession of a firearm: The indictment alleges that on July 21, 2022, Gonzales, having been convicted of the felony offense of unauthorized use of a vehicle on April 6, 2017, intentionally and knowingly possessed a firearm after the fifth anniversary of Gonzales’s release from confinement or release from supervision under community supervision, parole or mandatory supervision, following conviction of said felony at a location other than the premises at which Gonzales lived, to-wit: public roadway.

The Criminal Trial Division is prosecuting these cases in the 399th District Court. Attempted capital murder of a police officer is a first-degree felony punishable by 5 to 99 years or life in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. A person charged by indictment is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a jury or a judge. Because these and potentially other cases are either pending or may be under investigation, we can make no further comment on them.

Copies of indictments may be requested from the Bexar County District Clerk. Information on court settings can be found by searching the case online or directly from the court. 

 

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