Canales, 19, charged in death of his brother

Christopher Maher, Jim Wells County Correspondent

A Benavides teenager has been indicted for intoxication manslaughter, in connection with an April 2006 accident in which the teenager's brother was killed.

According to court records released Friday by the 229th District Clerk's office, Justin Daniel Canales, 19, was indicted by a grand jury for intoxication manslaughter in the single-vehicle accident.

According to Department of Pubic Safety reports, on April 21, 2006, Canales was the driver of a 2006 Toyota Tacoma in which his brother, James Dustin Canales, 16, and another friend were passengers.

Shortly before 11 p.m., while traveling west bound on Farm-to-Market Road 2295, less than a mile west of Benavides, the vehicle went off the road into the grass median.

According to DPS reports on the accident, the driver of the Tacoma then over-corrected, went across east and west bound lanes and the vehicle went airborne off a culvert.

The vehicle then landed momentarily before going airborne again, rolling over four times into a private ranch and landing on its topside facing north.

James Dustin Canales was declared dead at the scene. Justin Daniel Canales suffered non-incapacitating injuries and was taken to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice.

The third passenger was not seriously injured in the accident.

According to court records, Canales had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit of 0.8 at the time of the accident.

The following indictments were also released Friday:

Eric Lee Leal was indicted on three counts of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver in connection with incidents on May 6, 2006, June 1, 2007, and June 22, 2007 in which he allegedly was found to be in possession of various amounts of cocaine. According to court records, Leal was convicted in Feb. 2003 for possession of cocaine. Eduardo Perez was indicted for three counts of aggravated assault and one count of aggravated kidnapping in connection with an April 25, 2007 incident in which he allegedly threatened three people with a knife and held a woman against her will. Eduardo Perez was indicted for one count of aggravated robbery and one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in connection with an April 25, 2007 incident in which he allegedly threatened a man with a knife and took an automobile without the owner's permission. Alberto Perez was indicted for criminal mischief in connection with an Oct. 1, 2004 incident in which he allegedly cut a fence belonging to a rancher. Daniel Luera Jr. was indicted for burglary of a building in connection with a Sept. 30, 2004 incident in which he allegedly stole a wooden case containing knives from a building.