Brianna Bexley and Nathan Cortinas

Brianna Bexley and Nathan Cortinas

Authorities have apprehended a second juvenile charged with crimes related to the June killing of a Goliad man.

The juvenile, whose identity was not released because of his age, was arrested Saturday by deputies after being charged last week, said Capt. John Pape in a news release from the Goliad County Sheriff’s Office.

Aged 16 at the time of the shooting death, the 17-year-old faces charges of burglary, theft of a firearm and engaging in organized criminal activity in connection with the death of Nathan Cortinas, a 19-year-old Goliad father who was killed in June. Monday, the juvenile was magistrated before Justice of the Peace Stephen Kennedy and returned to the Victoria County Juvenile Detention Center.

Five adults and one other juvenile have been arrested and charged in connection with Cortinas’ death, Pape said. Four of the adults are charged with capital murder.

All seven of those charged remained in custody Tuesday, Pape said.

June 13, Cortinas was shot and killed as he sat inside a car parked outside a Goliad home with his girlfriend and infant son. The woman was severely injured by a gunshot.

Although sheriff’s investigators have declined to release details about the investigation, Pape said some of those arrested are suspected of luring Cortinas to that location because of an ongoing dispute.

As of Tuesday, sheriff’s investigators continued their investigation with the aid of the Texas Rangers, according to the news release.

Pape said he was uncertain whether additional arrests will be made.

Jon Wilcox reports on courts for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached jwilcox@vicad.com or 361-580-6515.

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Jon covers crime, public safety and the courts at the Victoria Advocate. Born in Huntsville, Ala., he grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism at Texas State University.

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