A man already charged in the murder of a couple found buried in a shallow grave in September has just been indicted for the murder of another body found buried under a vacant home in Fort Worth, Texas.
On Thursday, a grand jury indicted Hector “Cholo” Acosta, 28, and his alleged accomplice Felipe Eduardo Ortiz, 29, on capital murder charges in connection with the body found under the home, the Star-Telegram reports. That body was Triston Ray Algiene, 34, who had been missing since July. His body was discovered in October, cut in half before being shoved under a repair patch in the vacant home’s foundation.
Just one month before Algiene’s body was found, Acosta was indicted on the capital murder charge of Erick “Diablo” Zelaya and Zelaya's girlfriend, Iris Chirinos, who was only 17 years old.
The severed head of Zelaya was discovered on a walking trail. Near the head, an ominous note which said, after being loosely translated from Spanish, “The race, or group, must be respected and there’s only four left.” The rest of Zelaya’s body and the body of his girlfriend were found in a shallow grave behind a home.
Police believe that the two victims played some sort of role in the murder of Algiene, the Star-Telegram reports. It is believed that Algiene went to a home where both Acosta and Ortiz were located for a drug deal. However, the pair allegedly planned to rob Algiene instead, with the help of Chirinos and Zelaya. Acosta allegedly shot Algiene in the head.
It’s unclear if the two men have lawyers at this time who can speak on their behalf, Dallas News reports.
[Photo: Tarrant County Sheriff's Office]
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