One of the men accused in the killing a La Marque man led police to his body near a Brazos River boat ramp on FM 2004, according to court documents.
Joseph John Farek and Allen Ray Taylor II are charged with murder in the death of 22-year-old Rogelio Ornelas. They were arrested last Thursday in their hometown of Santa Fe, though police at the time would not say what led them to the duo.
According to an arrest affidavit, the three men went shooting March 26, the last day Ornelas’ family saw him alive. Farek told police he saw Taylor shoot Ornelas several times in the back that day at Persimmon Bayou near the Brazoria-Galveston county line, the document states.
Two days later, after Ornelas’ family had reported him missing to La Marque police, Taylor went to Farek’s house saying “they have to move the body because the police found out that they had been shooting at the location of the murder (Persimmon Bayou) and he was afraid the police would find Rogelio’s body,” according to the affidavit.
“They drove to Persimmon Bayou and removed Rogelio from the water, drug him up the bank, and loaded him into the back seat of the car. They took Rogelio’s body to a boat ramp in Lake Jackson,” according to the document.
The boat ramp is about 21 miles from the bayou, according to Google Maps.
Lake Jackson police, based on information from La Marque police, found Ornelas’ body March 28.
Preliminary autopsy results state Ornelas died from multiple gunshot wounds. The autopsy was performed by the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office, according to a previous news release.
Farek and Taylor, both 21, remained in the Brazoria County jail Wednesday afternoon on $1 million bond each, according to county jail records.
Police are not releasing any possible motive because the investigation is ongoing, Lake Jackson Assistant Chief Paul Kibodeaux said.
Lake Jackson is leading the investigation since the body was found within the city’s jurisdiction.