Jackson County man faces murder, manslaughter charges

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

April 3, 2013 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated April 2, 2013 at 11:03 p.m.

A Ganado man was indicted on murder and manslaughter charges last week for the Feb. 3 death of Fred Anzaldua.

A Jackson County grand jury returned the indictment on March 28 naming Roberto Garcia Perez Jr., 31.

The indictment alleged Perez intentionally hit, kicked or choked 50-year-old Anzaldua, of Ganado, and caused his death because he did not call 911 when he knew he should.

Although no cause of death has been determined, Criminal District Attorney Bobby Bell said it is wise to include any manner in which Anzaldua could have been killed so he is able to prove it at trial.

He said the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office should release a full autopsy report soon. It's just a matter of conferring with other doctors.

Bell does not have to prove a motive, just that Perez committed the crime.

"Mainly, you would have to get into the head of the defendant," Bell said. "We can speculate, but until we actually catch them and they say, you don't know, and sometimes they do it for the strangest reasons. You'd be surprised."

Cheryl Anzaldua said it's been exactly two months since her husband was found dead in the front yard of a one-story home in the 200 block of Farm-to-Market Road 1683 in Ganado.

"It's still hard to believe," she said Wednesday before learning of the filed indictment.

Perez was caught on March 25 by U.S. Marshals in Wheeler County, where he was living and working with his father.

Perez will be arraigned on April 18, a Jackson County Clerk said.



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