Bee County grand jurors returned first degree felony indictments this month against 20-year-old Richard Lee Longoria and 27-year-old Andrew Clay “Catfish” Lopez.
Longoria also was indicted on a charge of felon in possession of a firearm.
Murder is a first degree felony punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison and a $10,000 fine. Both men face that punishment if convicted.
The felon in possession of a firearm was filed against Longoria because he allegedly had a firearm on Aug. 18, less than five years after being released from supervision by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
That charge is a third degree felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
That was on a charge of robbery, and the conviction was handed down in district court in Corpus Christi in April 2012.
Investigators in the case were listed as Detective Sgt. Art Gamez of the Beeville Police Department and Texas Ranger Randy Aguirre.
According to the indictments, Lopez was driving a vehicle in which Longoria was a passenger on Aug. 18 when the vehicle pulled up on the north side of Kohler Park.
Police have said Lopez stayed behind the wheel of the 1997 Camaro while Longoria stepped out with a .22-caliber rifle.
According to investigators, Longoria already had fired at his intended victim, 21-year-old Alex Longoria, before the vehicle came to a complete stop. After getting out of the vehicle, Richard Longoria continued firing at him until he was sure he had hit him.
The victim was hit once in the stomach, and he died of that wound.
BPD officers found the shooting suspect in a home in the 1700 block of Emily Drive about four hours later.
Police looked for Lopez, but he apparently had left town.
Investigators located Lopez later, and on Aug. 30, U.S. Marshals from Corpus Christi and Houston arrested the suspect as he drove the same 1997 Camaro along the Gulf Freeway (I-45) outside of Houston.
He later was returned to Beeville to face a murder charge.
The incident was just one of several felony events involving Richard Longoria over the last two years. He had been convicted of robbery in a Corpus Christi courtroom in April 2012.
Longoria also was one of three suspects taken into custody earlier this year in connection with the armed robbery of a game room at 301 E. Milam St.
Longoria reportedly was out of jail on a $75,000 bond when Alex Longoria was shot. The robbery case had not yet gone to the grand jury.
Longoria’s bonds on the last two charges totaled $2 million, with $1.5 million being set for the murder charge. The other half million dollar bond was set on the felon in possession of a firearm charge.
When the indictments were returned earlier this month, District Judge Joel Johnson set Lopez’s bond at $100,000.
His bond had been set at $1.5 million by a justice of the peace when he was returned to Beeville from Houston.
Johnson set Longoria’s bond at $2 million.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.