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More arrests made in London Estates double murder

Posted: 6:10 PM, Apr 17, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-17 19:10:53-04

Nueces County Sheriffs have two more people in custody in connection with the London Estates double murder.

According to affidavits released to KRIS 6 News Tuesday, one of the suspects is related to the victims, and was involved in planning the crime.
Adrian Olivarez, 48, was charged with capital murder Monday, he was already in the Nueces County jail on unrelated charges.  Prosecutors announced they’d seek the death penalty for him during a court hearing Tuesday.

Ausencio Acosta, Jr., 20, was arrested April 13th, he’s charged with capital murder of multiple persons, with bail set at $1 million.
A third suspect, Trebor Wheeler, 18, was arrested April 11th in Killeen.

They’re accused of killing Arturo and Miriam Lopez in their home on Balchuck Lane in the early morning hours of April 2nd.
The couple’s son told investigators he heard a loud crash, followed by someone yelling "CCPD! Get on the Floor!" The son says he then saw four men armed with pistols, wearing gloves and masks with their eyes showing.

According to the affidavits, Wheeler told investigators that Acosta and the Lopez’s son are cousins and that the men were going to rob the house in retaliation for the Lopez’s son robbing Acosta.  Wheeler also told investigators they expected to find as much as $400,000 in cash in the house, as well large quantities of drugs.

Olivarez’s affidavit also revealed Wheeler gave contradicting statements to investigators.  In his initial interview in Killeen, Wheeler said he was not present during the murders, but changed his story a couple of days later, saying Olivarez killed Arturo Lopez during a struggle for a shotgun.
Investigators are still looking for the fourth suspect in the case.  

Prosecutors are also considering seeking the death penalty for Wheeler and Acosta.