Ochoa brothers indicted for capital murder

Baron, Conrad Ochoa charged in deaths of Samvastion Ochoa, Rebecca Gonzales, Pamela Wenske

Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:34:59 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 22 2013 02:45:06 PM CST
SAN ANTONIO -

Two San Antonio brothers have been indicted in a 2011 triple slaying.

The Bexar County District Attorney announced Tuesday afternoon that Baron Ochoa, 37, and Conrad Ochoa, 32, were indicted on capital murder charges in connection with the deaths of Samvastion "Sammie" Ochoa, 10; Rebecca "Veggie" Gonzales, 31; and Pamela Wenske, 41.

The Ochoa brothers have been behind bars at the Bexar County Jail since October 2011, awaiting trial on child abuse and possession of child pornography charges.

According to the indictment, the motive for the murders was to cover up the alleged sexual molestation of Sammie Ochoa by her uncle Baron.

"That's the first count of the indictment -- it is based on retaliation -- for a child coming forward on sexual abuse," said Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed.

Sammie Ochoa was one of three victims found inside a home in the 200 block of Karen Lane that was intentionally set on fire back on Sept. 14, 2011.

Sammie's mother, Rebecca Gonzales, and her friend, Pamela Wenske, were also found dead in the home.

Investigators determined all three victims were stabbed several times before the fire was started.

Wenske had just moved into the home in the days prior to the murders.

One month prior to their deaths, Sammie Ochoa gave a statement to a CPS investigator detailing the alleged sexual abuse at the hands of her uncle Baron. That information was forwarded to police but it's unclear if investigators ever acted on the information prior to the murders.

In October 2011, Baron Ochoa was arrested and charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child, in which Sammie was alleged to be one of his victims.

Sammie's father, Conrad Ochoa, was arrested the same day and charged with possession of child pornography.

While the brothers were considered the prime suspects in the murders from the start, Reed said it took time to make the case against them.

"There were a lot of issues that we wanted to develop, to look at, to find experts on, and deal with a lot of what goes into showing that someone actually committed this arson and these murders separate and apart from the arson and the motives behind it," Reed said.

According to Reed, the Ochoa brothers will likely be tried on the capital murder charges first, but said it would be up to the court to decide if they will be tried together or separately.

If convicted of capital murder, they could face the death penalty or life sentences.