Baytown chief details timeline of teens' murders

Saturday, March 14, 2015
Baytown chief details timeline of teens' murders
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We're starting to learn more details about the deaths of Jarvis Morgan, Jr., and Alejandro Chavez and the disposal of their bodies

BAYTOWN, TX (KTRK) -- For the first time, we're hearing from the attorney of one of the Baytown teen-slaying suspects, and learning more about the crime from police.

Right now, police are sorting through evidence found at four crime scenes related to the deaths of Jarvis Morgan, Jr., and Alejandro Castillo Chavez. One is in Baytown, and the other three are in Chambers County.

"All of those locations yielded some physical evidence that we're having to sort through," Baytown Assistant Police Chief Roger Clifford said.

Chavez and Morgan were last seen at a shed on Maryland Street in Baytown to get a haircut from Brandon Flores, one the suspects in this case. We now know the three other suspects charged with capital murder -- 17-year-old Jose 'Chop' Chavez, 27-year-old Valentin Lazo and 21-year-old Richard Gonzalez -- also were there.

Police say Morgan and Chavez were abducted, forced to go on a ride to Chambers County.

"We are certain that there is a remote location in Chambers County where these young men were murdered," Clifford said.

That is only the first crime scene.

"We know that there was some movement after the time they were murdered and that may lead to another crime scene," he said, "Then of course we have the place where their bodies ended up in Double Bayou in Chambers County."

Police say they are still interviewing people and that may lead to more arrests.

"There were other things that happened after the murders that we're still looking into," Clifford said. "It may involve other people."

For now, sources close to the investigation say the teens were not beaten or stabbed.

"I had detectives at the autopsies. We have a good idea of what happened," Clifford said.

Flores is believed to be in Mexico. A search for his whereabouts continues.

Meanwhile, Gonzalez's attorney Emily Detoto says her client was there, but had no idea what was about to happen.

"From what I can tell, it seems he was merely present and was not an active participant in this tragedy," Detoto said. "He had never met them before, didn't know who they were."

While Detoto maintains her client didn't actively murder anyone, police say that part doesn't matter.

"They were all in a position where they could've spoken up, they could've called the police," Clifford said. "They did nothing, they were complicit in that and also in covering it up afterward."