Killeen Police Obtain Charge in 2016 Murder
For Immediate Release
June 15, 2017 – Update
The Killeen Police Department’s Homicide Unit has continued to conduct an investigation of murder at the 1300 block of Bonnie Drive on December 9, 2016. The Bell County District Attorney’s reviewed the case and complaints were issued charging John Eric Saenz with the Murder of Jason Francisco Munayco. John Eric Saenz was already in the Bell County Jail following his arrest on December 31, 2016, for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Saenz was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Theodore Duffield who set his bond at 1,000,000.
The Killeen Police Department’s Homicide Unit would like to thank the public for their assistance with this case.
January 1, 2017 – UPDATE
On December 31, 2016, detectives learned that John Eric Saenz was in the Austin area and they began working with members of the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force. After further investigation members of the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force were able to locate him during a traffic stop. Saenz was taken into custody without incident at approximately 8:00pm; he was transported to the Travis County Jail where he awaits extradition.
The Killeen Police Department would like to thank everyone who assisted with the arrest of John Eric Saenz.
December 29, 2016
Killeen Police need help locating a wanted man who is believed to be Armed and Dangerous.
Officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of Bonnie Drive at approximately 11:11pm, on Friday, December 9, 2016, after receiving a 911 call in reference to shots fired. Upon the officers’ arrival they located 41 year old Jason Francisco Munayco with a gunshot wound. Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced him deceased at 12:24am, on Saturday, December 10, 2016; he ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.
Through the investigation detectives determined John Eric Saenz was at the residence during this shooting. This case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and a complaint was returned charging Saenz with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke issued a warrant for his arrest and suggested a bond of $500,000. Detectives would also like to speak to him about his involvement in this Homicide.
Cdr. Alex Gearhart
Killeen Police Department