Man charged in Hotel Ava murder - FOX34 Lubbock

Man charged in Hotel Ava murder

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A man has been charged with the shooting that killed a man last Friday at Hotel Ava.

Gilbert Cardona III, 25, is accused of murdering Joshua Gomez, 37, on Jan. 3. 

Cardona was already in jail for an unrelated crime. Jail records show he was arrested Wednesday for domestic violence and being a felon with a gun.

He is being held on a more than $400,000 bond.

Police report Cardona shot Gomez near the front entrance to Hotel Ava. His arrest warrant indicates Cardona confessed to shooting Gomez, but said he did it in self-defense.

Cardona told investigators he saw someone with a military style rifle and heard someone shout "kill them both" in Spanish.

Cardona's warrant shows he thought Gomez had a pistol in his waistband when Cardona shot him

Investigators report never finding a gun on the scene, and witnesses told police Gomez did not have a weapon for weeks leading up to his death.

If convicted, Cardona faces up to life in prison with the possibility for parole.

 

 

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