Six indicted in connection to disappearance and murder of Slaton

Six indicted in connection to disappearance and murder of Slaton man

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David Hampton, 54 David Hampton, 54
Brett Garza, 33 Brett Garza, 33
Heather Casias, 33 Heather Casias, 33
Freddie Salinas, 39 Freddie Salinas, 39
Toby Daughtry, 39 Toby Daughtry, 39
Amanda Blagburn, 33 Amanda Blagburn, 33
LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Lubbock grand jury's indicted six people in connection to the death of a man from Slaton last month.

79-year-old Celestino Rodriguez was reported missing by family on Aug. 3. Investigators found Rodriguez's body in a field northwest of Abernathy on Aug. 15.

David Hampton, 54, Brett Garza, 33, and Heather Casias, 33, are charged with his murder. Court records indicate Casias formed the plan to rob the victim and steal his car.

Investigators report Casias lured Rodriguez to a meeting place where Hampton and Garza ambushed him and beat him to death, leaving his body in a cotton field.

Later, court documents show Garza, Freddie Salinas, 39, and a third man who was not indicted, moved Rodriguez's body to a different field near Abernathy. Salinas is charged with tampering with evidence.

Garza led investigators there to retrieve the remains.

Toby Daughtry, 39, and Amanda Blagburn, 33, are charged with driving the stolen vehicle. Court documents show they got the car from Hampton, who reportedly told them he'd beaten an old man and left him in a field.

Investigators found the stolen car on Aug. 7, in Temple, TX by a Milam County Sheriff's deputy.

Investigators report Daughtry and Blagburn wiped the car for prints before hiking and getting picked up by sheriff's deputies.

Initially, investigators identified Garza and Hampton as persons of interest early in the investigation for misusing Rodriguez's credit card at several different businesses.

They're both also charged with credit card/abuse of an elder. 

Related stories: 
AUG. 19: UPDATE: 2 new suspects arrested in Rodriguez murder
AUG. 17: Police seek woman, among three suspects wanted for Slaton man's murder 
AUG. 16: Authorities identify body found Thursday as missing elderly Slaton man
AUG. 14: Warrant: Missing Slaton man may have been beaten, car stolen
AUG. 13: LPD seeking third person of interest in missing Slaton man case
AUG 9: LPD names two persons of interest in Celestino Rodriguez's disappearance 
AUG. 8: 79-year-old Celestino Rodriguez still missing despite canceled Silver Alert
AUG. 5: Silver Alert for missing Slaton man

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