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Assault becomes manslaughter after victim dies in SA hospital

By Diane Cosgrove
Anvil Herald Staff

Charges against Jared Leyva, age 34 of Hondo, were upgraded from aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury to manslaughter Monday after his victim, Nathaniel “Nathan” Perez, age 35 and also of Hondo, passed away. (See “Unconscious victim of attack discovered outside father’s home” in last week’s Anvil Herald.)

Hondo Police Sgt. Rick Garza confirmed Wednesday that the accused remains confined in Medina County Jail under the new charges.

First arrested October 28 for public intoxication and resisting arrest, Leyva was charged with the assault a day later, after law enforcement brought evidence to District Attorney Daniel J. Kindred of the 38th Judicial District and a warrant was obtained.

Leyva allegedly beat Perez severely, causing a fractured skull and brain trauma, during an incident on October 27 between the two men who were reportedly friends. Perez was airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio October 28, after he was found unconscious on the lawn at his father’s home on 22nd Street.

Leyva was still in jail Monday, not having made bail, when he was apprised of the death of his victim and the manslaughter charge. He was magistrated and his bond was increased to $500,000.


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