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Seven suspects arrested, charged with murder after fatal shooting


Seven suspects have been arrested and charged with capital murder in connection with Monday’s deadly River Road shooting.

San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) officers located and stopped the suspects’ vehicle Monday and took four into custody. The suspects are currently being held on a $500,000 bond.

Suspects Daniel Francisco Castillo, Joe Angel Smith-Saucedo, Joe Michael Magana, Joey Vargas and Jeremy Tobias were arrested Monday afternoon. Reynaldo Lerma was arrested Monday night, and Xavier Luis Magana was arrested Tuesday afternoon.

Six of the suspects are teenagers. Only Smith-Saucedo, 21, is not.

SMPD responded to a 911 call early Monday morning to find 21-year-old Joel Espino dead from a gunshot wound at a residence in the 1700 block of River Road. SMPD recovered a stolen rifle from the residence. SMPD later discovered a second weapon, a pistol, inside the suspects’ vehicle.

Police suspect the incident may have started as a robbery and escalated into a shooting. There are also reports describing the residence as a known drug location.

Joe Magana and Xavier Magana, arrived Monday at Central Texas Medical Center with gunshot wounds.

Xavier Magana was transferred to University Medical Center-Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, and Joe Magana was released from CTMC with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. Xavier Magana was released from UMC-Brackenridge Tuesday afternoon and transferred to the Hays County Law Enforcement Center.

Hays County Narcotics Task Force and Department of Public Safety Crime Lab are assisting SMPD with the investigation.