Two men were arrested Thursday and another suspect is wanted in connection with a homicide death of a Midland woman that occurred earlier in the day at a Midland apartment complex.
Midland police arrested 21-year-old Arron Castillo, of Lubbock, on a first-degree felony charge of murder in the death of Kyara West, 21. He was located shortly after 10 a.m. at a residence in the 1800 block of Magnolia Avenue, according to court documents. He was being held Thursday night on a $500,000 bond at Midland County jail.
Police officers also arrested Carlos Martinez, 21, for tampering or fabricating evidence — a third-degree felony charge — after allegedly hiding the weapon used and clothing worn during the murder.
Another suspect also is wanted for this crime and will be issued an arrest warrant, according to police. The three suspects were in a tan-colored Chevy Tahoe that was driven to and from the crime scene, according to Sara Higgins, city public information officer.
The homicide investigation revealed Martinez and the other subject were not involved in the shooting itself.
Police were called to Midland Village Apartments, in the 2400 block of Whitmire Boulevard (which is located west of Garfield Street and slightly south of Loop 250), shortly before 1 a.m. in response to a shooting. When they arrived, they found a female — identified as West — lying on a large area of grass on the west side of the complex with multiple gunshot wounds to the head and chest area, according to court documents. She was pronounced dead at the scene by George Zimmerman, Precinct 4 justice of the peace.
The shooting may be connected to a custody dispute involving a child the couple had, as West had been in court on Wednesday for a child support hearing, according to Castillo’s arrest affidavit.