Fernando Colin Acosta Jr.

Fernando Colin Acosta Jr. 

A Victoria man, who was indicted Monday on a murder charge was arrested Wednesday on two additional charges.

Fernando Acosta Jr., 28, was indicted by a Matagorda County grand jury on charges of tampering with or fabricating evidence with intent to impair and abuse of a corpse without legal authority, according to unsealed indictments.

He is accused of killing Amanda Johnson, a Victoria mother of two and CrossFit instructor who was found in a burned SUV in Matagorda County in April.

The abuse of a corpse charge, a state jail felony, accuses him of burning her body, according to the indictment.

The tampering with evidence charge, a second-degree felony, accuses him of knowingly destroying the body after he knew she had been killed, according to the indictment.

Acosta turned himself in to the Matagorda County Jail on May 21, where he remained Wednesday, according to jail officials.

Murder is a first-degree felony that, if convicted, is punishable by five to 99 years in prison, according to the Texas Penal Code. Also, a fine ranging up to $10,000 can be assessed.

Acosta emerged as a person of interest during a Victoria Police Department investigation into Johnson’s disappearance, according to a sworn affidavit from Texas Ranger David Chauvin.

Shortly after 2 a.m. April 18, two hunters found a burned Ford Explorer, which matched the description of Johnson’s in her missing person report, with a body inside along a remote county road near Midfield and alerted the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office.

The body was identified as Johnson’s after an autopsy. Her death was ruled a homicide caused by a gunshot wound to the head, according to the affidavit.

The murder indictment accuses Acosta of intentionally and knowingly causing the death of Johnson by shooting her.

Acosta has retained Victoria defense attorney Micah Hatley, according to court records.

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Angela Kidd

Do him the same way he did her.

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