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4 indicted in Tom Green County for killing of Abilene man

SAN ANGELO, Texas - A grand jury in Tom Green County has indicted four of the five people accused in the kidnapping and murder of 41-year-old Eric Torrez of Abilene.

Torrez was last seen July 21. His body was found Aug. 4 near Barnhart. According to the autopsy, he died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

Stephen Jennings, 34, of San Angelo, the husband of Torrez’ ex-girlfriend, was indicted for capital murder, aggravated kidnapping and tampering with a corpse.

His father, Garry Lynn Jennings, 60, of Glenn Heights, was indicted for murder, aggravated kidnapping and tampering with a corpse.

David Navarro, 42, of San Angelo, was indicted for capital murder and aggravated kidnapping.

Angella Rebecca Wray, 33, of San Angelo, was indicted for aggravated kidnapping and engaging in organized crime.

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According to court documents, Stephen asked Torrez to bid on a construction job at the Jennings’ home as “ploy to lure” him of out Abilene so Kristen could take the 4-year-old daughter she had with Torrez.

That same day, Abilene police say Kristen forced her way into Torrez’s home and confronted his mother, Delores Cortez. According to a court document, they argued about the little girl. During the argument, Jennings pushed Cortez to the floor and “forcibly took” her daughter, according to the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office.

Garry Jennings told deputies that his son told him he shot Torrez. Garry said he helped Stephen mop up the blood and dispose of the body, according to court documents.

Navarro allegedly showed a friend cell phone video of a bloody and beaten Torrez tied to a chair.

Wray is accused of babysitting the Jennings’ two kids during the kidnapping and murder.

Kristen Jennings has not been indicted in the murder. But Taylor County Jail records show she is charged with capital murder and engaging in organized crime. He bond is over a million dollars. A bond reduction hearing is scheduled for Oct. 12.

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