Cuero man indicted for murder in February shooting

Javance Thomas

CUERO - A DeWitt County grand jury has indicted Javance Thomas, 20, for murder in connection with the shooting death of Isaac Gamez on Feb. 26.

Two others were indicted in connection with the case. Courtney Hinojosa, 18, and Marquis Headley, 18, were both charged with tampering with physical evidence.

Thomas was also charged with tampering with evidence, according to a news release Thursday from DeWitt County District Attorney Michael Sheppard.

Bail was set at $250,000 on the murder charge. Bail on the tampering charges was set at $15,000 each.

Thomas and Headley remained in the DeWitt County Detention Center as of Thursday afternoon. Hinojosa posted bond and was released.

The incident began as a fight at a local convenience store and the shooting took place 30 to 45 minutes later in the yard of Thomas' father's house, Sheppard said.

Cuero Police received the 911 call about 9 p.m.

Attempts to revive Gamez were made at the scene by emergency personnel, but he was later pronounced dead at Cuero Community Hospital.

Thomas turned himself in to the DeWitt County Sheriff's Office later that night.

A 20-gauge shotgun, thought to be the weapon used to shoot Gamez, was found the following Tuesday "buried in the country," said Sheppard.

Gamez, a tile contractor, was married and the father of three sons. He turned 26 less than a week before his death.