Christopher Maher

Alice Echo-News Journal

Citing a lack of evidence, the district attorney’s office has dropped all charges against a suspect indicted in 2007 for the murder of Javier Sanchez.

District Judge Richard Terrell signed an order granting the dismissal of capital murder charges against Alfred “Casper” Gonzales on March 18.

Gonzales was the third person indicted for capital murder in the Jan. 2, 2006 shooting death of Javier “Jammer” Sanchez.

Gonzales was originally indicted on a murder charge in connection with the case in September 2006, and those charges were upgraded the following month to capital murder.

In the state’s motion to dismiss the capital murder charges, District Attorney Joe Frank Garza indicated the charges were being dropped because some witnesses were no longer available and because a “key witness” has refused to cooperate.

Assistant District Attorney Thomas Turner said Friday the decision to dismiss the case was made primarily to allow the prosecutors to re-indict Gonzales once more evidence can be gathered.

“Because there is no statute of limitations for murder, we felt that at this time it would be better to dismiss and continue to locate the witnesses that we needed,” Turner said. “If we get the evidence we need and can round up the witnesses we need, there is a possibility he could be re-indicted.”

Gonzales is currently serving a prison sentence on unrelated federal weapons charges, Turner said.

Two other men, Alonzo “Lowrider” Gonzalez and Alejandro Carbajal Garza Jr. have already been convicted of capital murder in connection with the case and are currently serving life sentences.

Sanchez’s body was found in a ditch on County Road 247 near Six Bridges Road the morning of Jan. 2, 2006.

Sanchez reportedly was wearing only shorts and tennis shoes, and had been shot three times in the head and twice in the upper torso.