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Aransas Pass man indicted for Jenna Hernandez murder

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Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 9:21 am | Updated: 9:30 am, Wed Oct 3, 2012.

Lawrence Mireles was indicted last week by a Nueces County Grand Jury for the murder of 16-year-old Jenna Hernadez and will now go to trial to face charges.

Police assert that Mireles was in contact with Hernandez the night she was murdered and that he picked her up after she left her home shortly after 1 a.m. on June 26.  

Mireles contends that he was at a party in Rockport that morning but police believe they can prove that he was in the vicinity at the time and was responsible for her death.

 Hernandez was found dead from a gunshot in a brushy area off Highway 361 between Aransas Pass and Port Aransas shortly after she was reported missing by her family.  

A witness stated that Mireles confessed he was drunk and under the influence of Xanax and was walking with Hernandez. He said he let her walk in front of him and then shot her. After she fell to the ground, Mireles took off running.

According to cell phone records Hernandez and Mireles were texting each other until 12:49 a.m. Hernandez last used her cell phone at 2:26 a.m.

Mireles’ phone records show his phone was used in Rockport and then in Aransas Pass. It used the Highway 35 cell phone tower and then both sides of the Wilson tower. The Wilson tower is on Commercial Street in Aransas Pass.

According to Det. Leo Martinez in the complaint on file, “The phone records place Lawrence Mireles and Jenna Hernandez in the same geographical location at the same time frame.”

His complaint ended, “Lawrence Mireles shot Jenna Hernandez with a gun, causing her death.”

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  • APmom62 posted at 3:57 pm on Wed, Oct 3, 2012.

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    A step in the right direction in accomplishing "JUSTICE FOR JENNA". The endless grief, tears, pain and sleepless nights so many in our community have suffered during the last three months is just heartbreaking. Now maybe Mireles will have some decency and confess to committing the crime or expose the other (not yet arrested) "suspects". This is a senseless tragedy, but still the questions remain WHY? WHY? WHY?/! I am one of many AP parents who want these other "suspects" off the street to insure the safety of all our sons and daughters. They are running around town like they are invincible and literally "getting away with murder".

    So come on APPD, rally the involved law enforcement agencies to get this case moving - either get more in custody or make some type of public statement to ease AP parents fear that you've applied enough pressure to the "suspects" that they wouldn't dare to hurt another young life. And hey AP Progress, don't let the story stop with only the latest news we already heard out of Corpus - this story should have been posted here last weekend, breaking news possibly? Please stay vigilant with law enforcement and the courts, we want to hear from you first!