SAN ANTONIO — A man who turned himself in for a 1962 fatal shooting in Texas was tired of having an arrest warrant haunting him and was weary of living under an assumed name, his attorney said.
Pete Ortiz Jr., now 75, surrendered Wednesday to state District Judge Frank Castro. Ortiz was released on bond but must wear an ankle monitor.
Ortiz was indicted in March 1963 on a murder-with-malice charge in the Dec. 22, 1962, fatal shooting of Joe Ovalle, a self-employed sign painter who was killed in his driveway just before Christmas. Another man, Frank Juarez, also faced a murder-with-malice indictment in the killing and was convicted in April 1963. Juarez told authorities that he and Ortiz were hired for $1,000 by another man to kill Ovalle, who was allegedly an informant for federal narcotics agents.