By Valerie Reddell
A Katy man who had been detained in the Polk County Jail since Aug. 5 was transferred to the Brazoria County Jail on Aug. 12 in connection with an outstanding warrant in that community.
Livingston Police Chief Matt Parrish said LPD officers responded to the 1600 block of West Church after receiving reports of a suspicious person. When they located the vehicle, the caller was concerned about they found a rifle in plain view inside the vehicle.
The occupant then gave officers a false name.
LPD learned his correct identity, Andrew Allen Hinojosa, 20, of Katy, a short time later. They also learned he was wanted for murder.
Additional charges were filed for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and failure to identify a fugitive before Hinojosa was transferred to the custody of Brazoria County jailers.
Brazoria County investigators finally revealed on Aug. 11 that Hinojosa was one of two suspects wanted for the slaying of Gerald Benson Sutton Jr., 51, of Wild Peach.
Sutton died June 29 of a fatal gunshot wound, according to online records and court documents tracked down by The Facts, a daily newspaper in Brazoria County.
Sutton’s roommate found him lying on the kitchen floor, bleeding severely, according to the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office. Sutton was taken to the Sweeny Community Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
The roommate told investigators that Sutton planned to meet a woman at their home while the roommate was at work. She provided the woman’s photos to detectives and identified her as Madelyn Reding of Magnolia.
Reding has been arrested for aggravated robbery in connection with the incident that led to Sutton’s death.
A probable cause affidavit seeking Reding’s arrest states that Sutton made arrangements online with Reding to meet for a sexual encounter, according to Facts Reporter Nick Irene.
Reding is also identified as Hinojosa’s girlfriend. She has been held at the Brazoria County Jail in lieu of a $250,000 bond since July 15.
Investigators say Hinojosa, Reding and an unnamed man went to the victim’s home and sent Reding in first to ensure it was safe.
On her signal, the other two suspects would enter and rob Sutton, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Hinojosa claims the other man actually fired the gun, which struck Sutton in the leg.
The affidavit further says that Hinojosa pushed the victim in a “wheelchair” and punched him until he opened a gun safe.
The three suspects then took two TVs and his 2013 GMC Sierra truck, the affidavit said.
Houston Police found Sutton’s GMC Sierra on July 2. The truck had been destroyed.
When detectives interviewed Hinojosa, he denied murdering Sutton. He did say, “this is going to be the third murder case (he) beats,” according to the affidavit.
Hinojosa and Reding posted a video to Instagram on July 10. Reding was recording and Hinojosa can be heard telling her not to show to much of his face or he might “murk” her, the affidavit said.
The Urban Dictionary defines “murk” as to beat someone so severely they end up dying from their injuries.
Both Hinojosa and Reding face up to life in prison if convicted.