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Lufkin capital murder suspect out on bond makes first court appearance

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One of five capital murder suspects made his first appearance in court Tuesday afternoon.

Jesus Vela was arrested in February along with four others in connection to the shooting death of Robert Bennett. Lufkin Police believe the five came to the house to Rob Bennett of marijuana when one of them shot him.

Of the five Vela is the only one out on bond.  According to his lawyer Al Charanza, Vela will be the last suspect to be tried for the murder because he was a passenger and did not have an active role in the shooting.

 Jury selection is set to start September 10th.

Jesus Vela, Osvaldo Hernandez, Gerardo Renteria and Jacob Woodard are the co-defendants in the case. All are scheduled for jury selection on the same date.

All five suspects will be tried separately.

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