SAN ANGELO, Texas — Less than 48 hours after he was charged with the murder of Ernesto Hernandez, Gabriel James Ortiz Sr. has bonded out of the Tom Green County Jail.
At approximately 4:30 p.m., responding officers found the suspect in the 2000 block of Bailey Street. The suspect, later identified as Ortiz, was taken into custody and detained without incident.
The shooting victim, San Angelo resident Ernesto Hernandez, 28, was found dead in the backyard of a nearby residence. Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire formally pronounced Hernandez dead at the scene.
The SAPD’s Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to assist with the follow-up investigation and multiple patrol units were utilized to cordon off the area.
Ortiz was booked at 10:05 p.m. Tuesday.
Court documents state Ernesto Hernandez had gunshot wounds to the torso and head.