Nicholas Abel Rodriguez, a seventeen year old boy who is a suspect in the March 26 shooting where two teens; Zane Lopez, 16, and Juan Guerrero, 17, were shot dead in the 1100 block of East 22nd Street is set to be tried as an adult.
Rodriguez was released from the Tom Green County Juvenile Detention Center on Thursday and then booked into the Tom Green County Jail on a capital murder of multiple persons charge, his bail is set at $500,000.
Apart from Rodriguez, six more persons were arrested and charged by the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division in connection with the murder, they are Eric Ramos and Giliberto Salvador Reyes who are both 18; Fred Angel Garcia, 17; and three other male juveniles.
Ramos, Reyes and Garcia were charged with capital murder of multiple persons on June 24 by a 340th District Court grand jury and are being held at the county jail pending their fulfillment of $500,000 bail each.
The Juvenile Court has the full authority to transfer a juvenile offender to an adult court if the case meets the criteria listed in the Texas Family Code judicial proceedings. For instance, a juvenile may be transferred to the district court for criminal proceedings if the alleged offense was a felony committed at age 14 or older.
The punishment for capital murder is death or life imprisonment without parole but as Rodriguez is below 18, he is not eligible for the death penalty or life imprisonment without parole rather if convicted, he faces a life imprisonment sentence with parole eligibility after he has been in Jail for at least 40 years.