Trial testimony: Money dispute may have led to fatal shooting in April

Feb. 15, 2011 at 7 p.m.
Updated Feb. 14, 2011 at 8:15 p.m.

A disagreement over money may have led to the shooting death of a Victoria man in April.

Testimony in the trial of Enrique Guayo Guerra, also known as "Ricky," 18, of Goliad, began Tuesday. He is charged with murder in the shooting death of 21-year-old Joe Angel Caltzontzin.

Caltzontzin was found lying outside his father's mobile home at 2204 E. North St. with multiple gunshot wounds, according to earlier reports.

Because of the ties this case has to the gang Hermanos Pistoleros Latinos, the Victoria County District Attorney's Office has asked The Victoria Advocate not to use the names of some court witnesses for their protection.

Jurors heard testimony from one witness, who is a friend of Guerra's mother, that the incident could have stemmed from a money issue.

The witness said Guerra's mother had previously dated Angel Caltzontzin, Joe Angel Caltzontzin's father.

Although the couple had broken up, there was a lingering issue about money being owed.

The witness testified she dropped Guerra's younger brother off at Angel Caltzontzin's home to discuss the problem prior to the victim being shot.

Another witness said she saw Guerra, 19, and a 16-year-old boy putting gas in a red Chevrolet Camaro at a nearby gas station prior to the shooting.

"The way they drove off, they were going to do something," said the woman, who testified she heard the two discussing it was time to go do something.

The owner of the Camaro said she and her boyfriend drove Guerra to Falfurrias shortly after the shooting. During the ride, she overheard Guerra tell her boyfriend that he was responsible for shooting Caltzontzin.

Guerra was arrested without incident at a home in Falfurrias by a multi-jurisdiction joint task force consisting of the Department of Public Safety, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Border Patrol, Falfurrias Police Department and the Brooks County Sheriff's Office.



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