Angelina County investigators now say they have obtained a confession from the man accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend and her brother, then leading authorities on a daylong manhunt Thursday.
Investigators say early Thursday morning Barnes stabbed to death Rosa and Pepe Pina during a disturbance at a home on John Kolb Road.
Late Thursday night Terrance Demound Barnes, 31, was discovered hiding under a log inside a hunting club near Deer Creek Road, which is off of FM 1669 in Angelina County. The capture followed a multi-law enforcement search for Barnes. Throughout the day officers searched by ground and air, on horseback and using a helicopter and search dogs trying to find Barnes. Around 10:30 Thursday night, a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter found a hot spot using thermal imaging, according to Angelina County Sheriff's Captain Allen Hill.
Barnes confessed to the double murder Friday morning following his late night capture, according to Hill. Hill declined to release the contents of Barnes' confession other than to say he waived his rights to an attorney and admitted to stabbing to death his girlfriend and her brother. Hill said Barnes gave a motive, however, that part of the confession is being withheld and any questions relating to it are being deferred to the district attorney's office for comment. Barnes' confession was made in the presence of Hill and sheriff's detective Mark Mclin.
Barnes is being held in the Angelina County jail. He has been charged with capital murder and is expected to be arraigned sometime on Monday, said Hill.
This is apparently not the first tragedy for the Pina family. Rosa and Pepe's brother Derrick Pina was killed in May 2010 after a hit and run along Highway 7 in Nacogdoches County, according to relatives. In January 2010, two other brothers were murdered execution-style near the town of Reklaw in Rusk County. The bodies of Rigoberto Tovar Pina and Steve Abran Parra were found along Rusk County Road 4248.
Coming up tonight on KTRE's East Texas News at 6, reporter Alexis Spears will have an exclusive interview with the Pina family as they struggle to come to terms with yet another family tragedy.