Grand Prairie resident Victoria Alejandr Velasquez Navarrete, 17, was transferred and booked in at 9:23 p.m. Friday into the Wayne McCollum Detention Center as an adult on charges of murder and engaging in organized criminal activity.
Navarrete is one of six people charged in connection with a homicide which occurred April 6, 2013, according to a previous Waxahachie Daily Light article. At the time, Ellis County Court at Law No. 2 ruled to try Navarrete as an adult. She was 15 years old at the time of the incident.
“Her case was transferred from the juvenile court to the 40th District on June 24, 2013. On Nov. 1, 2013, the 40th District Court ordered her to be held at the Granbury Regional Juvenile Justice Center. Velasquez has now turned 17 years of age and on Jan. 23 was transferred back to the Wayne McCollum Detention Center here in Waxahachie,”said Dennis Brearley, Ellis County Sheriff's Office chief deputy.
Under Texas Family Code Sec. 51.12 (f), “A child detained in a building that contains a jail, lockup, or other place of secure confinement, including an alcohol or other drug treatment facility, shall be separated by sight and sound from adults detained in the same building. The separation must extend to all areas of the facility. A person who has been transferred for prosecution in criminal court under Section 54.02 and is under 17 years of age is considered a child for the purposes of this subsection.”
Deputies were initially dispatched to the 600 block of Edmondson Road, in the rural Ellis County area of Forreston, after a motorist reported an unresponsive person lying in the roadway, a previous article reported. They arrived to find an unidentified, deceased man who had been shot multiple times.
The body was transported to the Dallas County medical examiner’s office, where he was subsequently identified as Henry Fabian Villatoro, 21, of Irving, stated a previous article. Investigators determined that the plot to murder Villatoro began in Irving and that the victim was lured into a vehicle and transported to Ellis County, where he was shot, law enforcement previously reported.
Along with Navarrete, Irving residents Abel Armando Martinez, Rafael Morales-Perez, Fredy Abel Martinez-Rodriguez and Inmer Obed Palma Garcia were charged with murder. The five suspects, apart from Navarrete, were indicted for murder on June 19, 2013.
No court date for Navarrete has been set at this time. According to the docket for the 40th Judicial District Court’s website Garcia is to be tried first. Jury selection in Garcia’s case has been set for July 20 with the trial running from July 21–31. Navarrete remains in custody at the detention center with bonds totaling $1.5 million.