One of the suspects arrested in connection with a double homicide and the Sutherland’s robbery in 2015 has agreed to a plea deal with the State.
On Monday, Sept. 11, Judge Bob Perkins will decide if Andres Garza has kept his part of the plea agreement before the judge sentences him to a Texas prison.
The plea agreement reduces two counts of capital murder to two murder charges. He is also charged with aggravated robbery. The three charges are first degree felonies.
According to the plea agreement, Garza will serve 25 years for each count.
According to Jim Wells County District Attorney Carlos Garcia, Garza, with his attorney present, gave a statement to Texas Ranger Matt Seguir about the events that led to the murders and robbery.
The DA's office, with the assistance of law enforcement, must verify that the statement is truthful per the plea agreement. Investigators will have to be able to calibrate Garza's statement with evidence collected during the investigation.
The "truthful" statement must be verified by law enforcement before Garza steps into the courtroom.
Garza along with his brother, Andres Garza, Aaron Garza, Michael Castro, Richard Perez and Amador Garza Sr. will be in court on Monday, Sept. 11 for their involvement in the murders and robbery.
On Oct. 21, 2015, Aaron, Michael Castro and Andres allegedly robbed Sutherland’s. The men walked into the business with masks and guns drawn and a juvenile accomplice held a lady outside the business at gunpoint.
Andres was recognized by an employee and arrested the same day of the incident. Through the Alice Police Department’s investigation, Castro, Aaron and Perez were arrested later.
Aaron is charged with evading arrest detention and aggravated robbery. Andres is charged aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated robbery and capital murder. Castro was charged aggravated robbery and capital murder. Perez is charged with capital murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Castro, Andres and Perez's capital murder charges stem from the double homicide that occurred on Oct. 20, 2015. The men are accused of murdering 50-year-old Marcelino Guerra and 53-year-old Robert Mata on County Road 464 near Green Acres.
Sheriff officials believe Castro and Andres killed the two men in order to steal their gray 2001 Chevrolet Silverado that was suppose to be used in the Sutherland’s robbery.
Investigators found the stolen vehicle engulfed in flames the day after the murders on County Road 148 near San Diego.
Also on the docket call was Amador Garza Sr. who is the father of Aaron and Andres Garza.
Amador Garza Sr. was charged with two counts of tampering with evidence.
As of Thursday, Castro and Andres remain at the JWC jail. Castro has a bond totaling $850,000 and Andres has a total bond of $2,650,000.