Mother charged in son's murder; husband, also charged in crime, declines comment

Stepfather arrested in March for killing of Felix Nieves

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NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – A second arrest made in the Easter morning murder of Felix Nieves, 17. This time, his mother is behind bars and charged with murder. In March, the boy's stepfather was arrested for allegedly shooting and killing him.

Easter morning, police found Nieves shot dead at the top of the stairs in his family's New Braunfels home. Police said there was a family disturbance between Felix, his mother Jennifer Coryell, and his stepdad George Coryell. During interviews, Jennifer told police her husband George shot her son during an argument.

The arrest affidavit shows Jennifer originally told police Felix got upset with her for waking him up for church. She claimed Felix attacked her with a bat and taser. She said that's when her husband George shot and killed him. 

Click here to read the entire affidavit. WARNING: Some may find the content and language offensive.

"We did make an arrest the day of the incident, of his stepfather George Coryell but the investigation was ongoing at that point and we continued to look at evidence," said New Braunfels Police Department spokesperson David Ferguson.

That evidence includes the bat, which police now say was tampered with, plus interviews with Jennifer Coryell's two young children. The kids were there when their brother was shot. Police said those interviews conflict with what Jennifer originally told police.

The affidavit shows the children saying: "Jennifer Coryell woke up that morning yelling profanity at them," and that "their brother came downstairs to protect them." They said "Felix did not hit Jennifer with the bat," and Jennifer, "told Felix she was going to get her Taser and she was going to tase him and the children." 

One child also told police, "He heard Jennifer tell George to 'shoot him!'"


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