Trial scheduled in two separate murder cases

June 29, 2016 GMT

Two Odessa men charged with murder in 2015 are scheduled to go to trial in the beginning months of 2017.

Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland said Joshua Carrasco is scheduled to go to trial in January 2017 and Luis Jose Rey is scheduled to have a trial in March 2017.

Carrasco, 28, is accused of shooting Orlando Mendivil in the head around 4:31 p.m. April 14, 2015, in the 1600 block of West Seventh Street.

Carrasco’s cousin, who lived at the residence on West Seventh Street, said someone broke into Mendivil and Carrasco’s apartment and took various items at an unspecified date.

Both Mendivil and Carrasco reportedly accused each other of being the suspect in the theft, Carrasco’s cousin told police.

On April 14, 2015, Carrasco’s cousin, Carrasco, and Mendivil were all in the living room of the residence when Carrasco lit a package of fireworks and threw them out the front door of the home. At some point after the fireworks were tossed, Carrasco then shot Mendivil with a gun while the fireworks were going off before he fled the scene in a dark green Ford Durango, a previous article shows.

Mendivil was found dead at the home by first responders with a gunshot wound to the head. Carrasco would later turn himself into law enforcement officials on April 15, 2015.

Rey, 18, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in addition to the murder charge, and is accused of shooting his aunt, Maria Pilar Regalado, to death on July 5.

Around 2 a.m. on July 4, Regalado was allowing Rey to use her cell phone at her residence at 904 Rebecca Road and offered to give Rey a ride, court documents show. Regalado then went to the bedroom to tell her husband, Porfirio Regalado, that she would be back afterwards, the affidavit shows.

Porfirio Regalado told police in the affidavit he heard a gunshot in the front of his residence and then saw Rey coming toward his bedroom with a shotgun.

The two struggled for control of the gun and in the process it fired again before Porfirio Regalado took it from Rey, the affidavit stated.

Rey then ran out the door, the affidavit shows.

Porfirio Regalado said he went into the living room, where he found his wife with a gunshot wound to her neck and threw the shotgun on the roof before calling police from a neighbor’s home, the affidavit shows.

Court documents show a psychiatric exam was ordered for Rey and was returned by April 4. Bland said the exam would not delay the trial.

“At this time, we don’t anticipate a delay in the trial,” Bland said.