A Waco man charged in a 2014 double murder and a Temple man who police say was shot while trying to rob a Waco game room were indicted Wednesday.
A McLennan County grand jury indicted Tony Olivarez, 32, on a capital murder charge in the May 2014 shooting deaths of two cousins at the Pecan Tree Apartments and Cedric Vidall Brown on an unrelated aggravated robbery charge in the February robbery of the Shisa Smoke Shop/Game Room at 639 N. Valley Mills Drive.
Olivarez and Todric McDonald, 30, are co-defendants in the shooting deaths of Justin Javier Gonzalez, 24, and Ulysses Gonzalez, 30, at the Pecan Tree Apartments in the 2600 block of Grim Avenue. The cousins died of multiple gunshot wounds, police said.
Police say McDonald and Olivarez also were suspects in a shooting the 2300 block of Morrow Avenue hours before the shooting at Pecan Tree Apartments. The shooting on Morrow Avenue did not seriously injure anyone, but police began investigating the pair.
Olivarez and McDonald were charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the Morrow Avenue shooting in May 2014. McDonald was indicted on the capital murder charge in August 2014.
McDonald, 30, was arrested on multiple charges, including fleeing officers the week of the shootings. He remains in the McLennan County Jail. Jury selection for McDonald’s capital murder trial is to begin Oct. 10.
Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty against McDonald. McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna did not return a phone message Wednesday seeking comment about how he intends to proceed in Olivarez’s case.
Olivarez was arrested in May 2016 on a second-degree felony charge of aggravated assault, an unrelated burglary of a motor vehicle charge and an unrelated driving with an invalid license charge. He also remains in the McLennan County Jail.
In other action, the grand jury also indicted Brown, who was shot by a store employee during the robbery.
Police found Brown, 21, lying on the floor with gunshot wounds to the leg and shoulder. Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said store employees reported that Brown entered the store with a gun and threatened customers and employees while demanding cash.
Swanton said an employee, “due to the suspect’s criminal behavior and placing others in fear of their lives,” shot the suspect.
A pistol Brown is said to have brandished during the robbery was recovered at the store. It later was determined to be stolen, Swanton said.
Swanton said there were multiple customers and employees in the store at the time of the robbery.