Five suspects arrested in connection to murder of Abilene man

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Five suspects are now charged in connection to the murder of an Abilene man whose body was found two weeks after he went missing. 

Stephen Jennings and David Navarro have been charged with the murder of Eric Torrez, They are currently being held in the Tom Green County Jail on one count of Murder each. 

Three additional suspects, Gary Jennings, Kristen Dean (Jennings), and Angella Wray have all been arrested and charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity - Murder in connection to Torrez's death, according to a release from the Tom Green County Sheriff's Office.

The press release states Gary Jennings and Wray are being held in the Tom Green County Jail, and Dean is being held in the Taylor County Jail on bonds totaling $550,000.

Details surrounding Torrez's death have not been released, but his body was found 15 miles outside of Barnhart, Texas, exactly two weeks after he was first reported missing on July 21, 2017. 

Just days after Torrez's disappearance, an evidentiary search warrant was served at the home of his ex-girlfriend, Kristen Dean (Jennings), on Duckworth Road in northern Tom Green County. She, along with her current husband, Stephen Jennings, and his father, Gary Jennings, were taken into custody.

Kristen Jennings was initially booked into the  Taylor County Jail for Burglary with Intent to Commit Another Felony - a charged issued after she allegedly busted into an Abilene home the day Torrez went missing, assaulted his mother, then forcibly took a 4-year-old child belonging to her and Torrez.

Stephen and Gary Jennings were initially arrested for Tampering with Evidence. 

Torrez's truck was recovered from the parking lot of a Ballinger Walmart two days after the Jennings' property was searched. He body was found on August 4, 2017. 

The Tom Green County Sheriff's Office says, "The investigation into the death of Eric Torrez is continuing.  Upon completion of the investigation, additional information will be released on the murder of Eric Torrez."

Stick with BigCountryHomepage for the latest information on this case as it's released. 



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