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TMCNet:  Four charged with murder in teen's death

[November 13, 2012]

Four charged with murder in teen's death

Nov 13, 2012 (Austin American-Statesman - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- A 35-year-old woman, her teenage son, another teen and a juvenile have been charged with murder in connection with the death of a 16-year-old boy in Southeast Austin last week.

Christina Reynero, 35, Juan Jose Reynero, 17, and Arthur Estrada III, 18, were in custody today, according to Travis County Jail records. Their bail has been set at $100,000 each. The name of the juvenile was not released.

Christina Reynero's arrest affidavit said that around 6 p.m. Thursday, someone called 911 to report a group of people fighting in the street in the 2000 block of Uphill Lane, near Riverside Drive and Ben White Boulevard. A witness told a dispatcher she saw a woman hit a man in the head with a board. Three people then kicked him and hit him with boards while he was on the ground, the affidavit said.

Police were dispatched to the scene, but the participants in the fight fled before they arrived.

Just before 7 p.m., an officer working at Dell Children's Hospital reported that a patient there who had been beaten with sticks had life-threatening injuries, the affidavit said.

That victim, identified as Jorge Louis Medina Jr., 16, died early Friday morning.

A witness told police that he, Medina and Medina's girlfriend drove to Uphill Lane to meet a mutual friend, the affidavit said. After a few minutes they were confronted by Juan Reynero and Estrada who said they wanted to fight Medina because of a past disagreement, the affidavit said.

A melee ensued, witnesses reported. A group of people -- including four women and a 14-year-old boy -- began to attack Medina and his friends with sticks. After Medina had been knocked to the ground, he tried to get up, but was hit in the face by other attackers wielding metal poles and sticks, the affidavit said. Medina was unconscious while he was being stomped and attacked by Estrada and others, the affidavit said.

Homicide Sgt. Scott Ehlert said Tuesday that some of the accused attackers are believed to be gang members, but the assault itself was not gang-related.

Friends pulled Medina across the street to get him away from his attackers, then drove him to the hospital, the affidavit said.

Christina Reynero -- who witnesses said hit Medina with a board -- arrived at St. David's Hospital with injuries from the fight, the affidavit said.

Detectives interviewed Juan Reynero Friday at Crockett High School. Reynero told officers that he attacked Medina, according to the affidavit, and told officers that his younger brother hit Medina with a wooden board.

Police officers did not name the brother because of his age.

The affidavit said that detectives are working to contact other suspects in the case.

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