Richard Longoria (no relation to the victim) was one of three suspects taken into custody on March 7 following an armed robbery of a game room at 301 E. Milam St.
Victims in the March robbery said a man wearing a gray, hooded jacket and a red bandana over his face walked into the business that day and demanded money at gunpoint.
He was caught later at a home in the 800 block of South Tyler Street after victims described the getaway car as a light-colored, late-model Ford Explorer.
An accomplice was waiting behind the wheel of the vehicle for the robber to leave the business.
Police found the vehicle shortly afterward and converged on the house. They took Longoria into custody along with 21-year-old Lorenzo Perez and a woman who was there at the time, 34-year-old Veronica Ann Wade.
Longoria and Perez were each charged with aggravated robbery, and Perez was charged with theft of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Wade was charged with drug violations after officers found illegal items in the home.
Longoria was out of jail on a $75,000 bond when the shooting occurred Sunday afternoon.
Detective Lt. Eddie Garcia said the robbery case had not yet gone to District Attorney José Aliseda, and he had not been indicted by the Bee County Grand Jury.
Aggravated robbery, like the murder charge filed against the suspect, is a first degree felony. Longoria faces a possible life sentence if he is convicted of the charge.
Ironically, Justice of the Peace Abel Suniga, who set the $1.5 million bond on the murder charge Sunday, was the same magistrate who had set Longoria’s $75,000 bond on March 7.
Also this time, Suniga set a $500,000 bond on Longoria on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.