Dec. 13, 2013, 11:38 a.m.
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department confirmed this morning that the third suspect, Trey Hopes, arrived at the Lockhart Police Department on Dec. 12 to turn himself in. He was taken into custody and charged with Capital Murder. His bond was set at $500,000.
Earlier (Dec. 12, 2013, 7:44 p.m.)
By Kathi Bliss
On Thursday evening, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office announced that two arrests have been made, and a third arrest warrant issued, in the shooting death of Russell Martens, of Moundville, Ala., who was found dead in a Caldwell County residence on Dec. 7.
During the course of the investigation, detectives connected Martens’ murder to a possible burglary or robbery, and was later connected to the three suspects after officers from the Lockhart Police Department made an arrest after a drive-by shooting attempt on Dec. 7.
Some of the items taken from the home where Martens’ body was found matched items collected from the vehicle involved in the drive-by.
One of the suspects arrested, Pedro Lucio, 23, later confessed to shooting Martens.
The investigation revealed that Lucio, accompanied by Louis Holt, 25, and Trey Hopes, 20, entered the residence where Martens was staying on J. McHugh Drive, and during the commission of a robbery at that residence, Lucio shot and killed Martens.
Both Lucio and Holt, who were being held in the Caldwell County Jail, have been charged with Capital Murder, and have bond set at $500,000.
Hopes as of 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, Hopes had not yet been taken into custody.
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