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BPD detectives return Lopez to Beeville to face murder charge
by Gary Kent
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Andrew Clay Lopez
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BEEVILLE – Twenty-seven-year-old Andrew Clay Lopez is back in Beeville, sitting in the Bee County Jail on a murder charge.

He is accused of driving a silver, 1997 Chevrolet Camaro on Aug. 17 when his passenger, 20-year-old Richard Longoria, started shooting at a 21-year-old man in Kohler Park.

Witnesses said Longoria jumped from the vehicle and kept shooting until he struck 21-year-old Alex Longoria in the stomach area.

The victim was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville.

The shooting suspect was arrested shortly after the incident by Beeville Police Department officers, but Lopez fled the city.

Deputies with the U.S. Marshal’s Service in Corpus Christi and Houston located Lopez in Houston on Aug. 30 and took him into custody later on a traffic stop.

He was held in the Harris County Jail on a murder charge until Thursday, Sept. 12. BPD detectives brought the suspect back to Beeville along with the vehicle he was suspected of driving when the shooting occurred.

Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Abel Suniga set Lopez’s bond at $1.5 million.

Richard Longoria also is in custody at the county jail on charges of murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

His bonds total $2 million on those charges.

Murder is a first degree felony. If the two suspects are convicted of the charge, they face possible 99-year or life sentences and a $10,000 fine.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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