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Oct 16, 2013 5:00 PM

Arrest Affidavit Outlines Witness Intimidation Charges in Murder Case

ARANSAS PASS - We have new information tonight on the two men accused of threatening a witness who testified against a young man accused of killing a teenage girl and leaving her body on Stedman Island.

20-year-old Joshua Davis and 22-year-old John Johnson were arrested Monday on charges of obstruction and retaliation. Police say Davis and Johnson are members of a gang with white supremacist leanings.

An arrest affidavit states a witness in the case told detectives last summer that Davis and Johnson stopped by his home the day before he was set to testify before a grand jury.

They allegedly threatened to hurt him if he gave any incriminating testimony against Lawrence Mireles or some of his friends when talking about the June 2012 murder of 16-year-old Jenna Hernandez.

After testifying before the grand jury, the witness moved out of state, but Josh Davis reportedly continued to contact relatives of the witness.

The affidavit also states the investigator believes Davis and his father, Johnny Lee Davis, are involved in the murder of Jenna Hernandez. When asked for clarification, the Aransas Pass Police Department would not elaborate.

As of today, Lawrence Mireles is the only person facing charges for the murder of the girl's death.

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