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Grand jury indicts 2 Livingston men accused of killing homeless man

Ryan Allen and Delvin King (Source: Polk County Jail) Ryan Allen and Delvin King (Source: Polk County Jail)
Ritha Arredondo (Source: Polk County Jail) Ritha Arredondo (Source: Polk County Jail)
Joe Messec (Source: Polk County Jail) Joe Messec (Source: Polk County Jail)
LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) -

A Polk County grand jury has indicted two Livingston men accused of taking a homeless man to the woods and killing him with a .22-caliber rifle in June.

Ryan Clayton Allen, 23, and Delvin Lloyd King Sr., 53, are each charged with first-degree murder.

The investigation started on June 12, when deputies with the Polk County Sheriff's Office learned from a witness that John Paul Rials, 26, was murdered by the pair.

On June 13, detectives with the sheriff's office and Texas Rangers began questioning people regarding the whereabouts of Allen when they learned of an altercation on the 12th between King and Rials in Livingston, according to a press release. The release states detectives questioned King, who said he and Allen picked up Rials at a store in Livingston, drove him to a wooded area across from where Allen lived, walked him in the woods and shot him several times with a .22-caliber rifle, which belonged to Allen.

Authorities found Rials' body around 10:45 a.m. on the 13th and they found the rifle at a different location.

Lt. Craig Finegan is still seeking more information on the case and asks anyone who can help to call him at 936-329-9028.

The grand jury also indicted Ritha Gay Arredondo, 47, of Livingston, on two counts of endangering a child. Arredondo was arrested in April following a CPS investigation which alleges she exposed her two grandchildren to meth. The investigation showed her grandson and granddaughter tested positive for meth.

Joe Willard Messec Jr., 51, of Livingston, is indicted on a charge of aggravated assault of a deadly weapon. Livingston police arrested him on June 2 after they responded to a fight on the 500 block of South Washing Avenue. When they arrived, they found a man who was bleeding from his head and neck areas and said he had gotten into a fight with Messec, who was his friend. He said they had been drinking all day and got into a fight after Messec was verbally abusive to him and accused him of breaking into homes and stealing items. He said Messec pulled out a knife and started stabbing him in the face.

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