By Kathi Bliss
One of the four men arrested in connection with the Aug. 31, 2010, murder of Lockhart resident Walter Capello is now also facing federal drug charges in connection with a multi-jurisdictional warrant executed on July 14.
According to information released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week, Eloy Davila, Jr., 53, was among 16 Central Texas men and women indicted on July 5 by a federal grand jury. The indictment alleges that since April 2009, the defendants have conspired to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and more than one kilogram of heroin.
All those indicted, including Davila, are thought to be members or associates of the Texas Mexican Mafia.
Davila and one other defendant were already held in custody. The others were arrested after the execution of search warrants in various locations in Austin, Seguin and Pflugerville yielded the seizure of guns, cash and suspected drugs including heroin, crack, marijuana and methamphetamine.
At the time of Capello’s death last year, rumors of gang involvement began to spike throughout the community. The Hays County Sheriff’s department confirmed at that time they had reason to believe the four suspects were involved with a local gang with ties to the Mexican Mafia.
Capello was found dead in the back of a pickup truck stopped in New Braunfels in early September 2010. Shortly after the discovery, Davila, along with San Marcos residents Johnny Gilbert Soliz, then 45, and Nemisio Garcia, Jr., then 31, were arrested and charged in connection with the killing. Later, San Marcos resident Paul Tovar, then 41, was arrested in the Houston area.
The suspects were indicted by a Hays County grand jury in October. Court records reflect a tentative trial date of Aug. 22 for Soliz, and no trial settings for the other three defendants.