Is third man to be tried in 2006 Sanchez murder

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

An attorney has been appointed for the third suspect indicted in the January 2006 murder of Javier Sanchez, and his trial is expected to be held early next year, court officials said Wednesday.

During a hearing held in the 79th District Court Tuesday, Judge Richard Terrell appointed Corpus Christi attorney Lisa R. Harris to represent Alfred "Casper" Gonzales in his murder case.

A warrant was issued for Gonzales' arrest on June 13, 2006, and he was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Laredo on June 29, 2006.

In September 2006, Gonzales was indicted for murder in connection with Sanchez's death, but that charge was upgraded to capital murder by a grand jury in October.

Sanchez's 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 multiple times in the head and upper torso.

Two other men, Alejandro Carbajal Garza Jr. and Alonzo "Lowrider" Gonzales have already been convicted of capital murder in the case this year.

A fourth man indicted on capital murder charges in connection with the case, James Dennis, has received immunity from prosecution in return for his cooperation with the district attorney's office. Court officials said Thursday Gonzales' trial would not be set until sometime in 2008.