Five felony indictments have been handed down by a Comal County grand jury against each of the five suspects arrested last December in an involving the torture and rape of a 39-year-old woman at a Canyon Lake home.
Initially charged with aggravated kidnapping, the three women and two men now each face three additional felony charges of attempted capital murder, aggravated sexual assault and aggravated robbery, plus a third-degree felony charge of tampering with evidence.
Capt. Mark Reynolds, spokesman for the Comal County Sheriff’s Office, said the five suspects remain jailed under bonds that now total $350,000 each.
The suspects are identified as 33-year-old Heather Richards, 17-year-old Kayla Lardeiri, 27-year-old Sheena Hopkins, 29-year-old Trace Smith and 66-year-old Michael Chapin.
The indictments allege all five were involved in the Dec. 8 attack after the woman arrived at the house in the 300 block of Oakridge on the south end of Canyon Lake.
The alleged motive is believed to be a relationship the victim had with a male acquaintance.
Investigators said the woman’s hands and feet were shackled, she was set upon with a stun gun, repeatedly stabbed then left naked in an outdoor shed with temperatures in the 20s.
They said despite her feet being bound, the victim still was able to escape through a small window and somehow managed to get inside a neighbor’s unlocked vehicle, where she was discovered the next day.
Chari Kelly, an assistant district attorney in Comal County, said if the suspects are convicted, the first-degree felonies carry a maximum punishment of five to 99 years to life in prison, and two to 10 years for the third-degree felony.