On Thursday, Dec. 19, three days after the 31st anniversary of Tammy Luna’s death, Felix Alfredo Luna was brought before a grand jury and was indicted for manslaughter.
The 31-year-old case was reopened at the request of Nicole Rodriguez, daughter of Felix and the late Tammy Luna.
Nicole currently resides in Beeville, and requested to have the case re-opened when she got in contact with members of her mother’s side of the family.
“I was raised by the Lunas, and they kept me away from my mom’s side of the family,” she said. “They told them to stay away from me and my sister.”
Nicole said that her mother’s side of the family reached out to her a few years ago and told her what happened that night.
“After they told us what happened, I called Sheriff Busby,” she explained. “I’ve been talking with him for the past two years to reopen the case and investigate.”
Sheriff Busby was one of the officers involved with the original case, 31 years ago. Nicole said he has been a “godsend” and an important part in the investigation.
Originally reported as an accident, Tammy Luna was thought to have jumped out of a moving vehicle during an argument with her husband. Nicole said that a closer investigation found scuff marks and wounds on her mother’s body consistent with being pushed.
“I spent my whole life thinking that it was an accident,” Nicole said. “I’m just so glad that there’s finally justice.”
Bond was set at $25,000, and Luna could face 2-10 years in prison.
Lindsey Shaffer is the regional editor and can be reached at 786-3022 or at regional@mySouTex.com.