Killed – Angelica Jewel Echols (Austin, TX)

Angelica Jewel Echols

Angelica Jewel Echols, 22, died Dec. 4, 2013, after she was shot in North Austin. Police say Andrew Pena, 52, shot Echols in the 8400 block of Jamestown Drive. Echols was with a man who went to an autoshop to confront a person who lived there, police said. When a dispute with Pena escalated, Echols was shot in the upper torso, investigators said. She was taken to the hospital where she died.

Died: 12/4/2013
Age: 22
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White
Method of death: Shooting

Case: 2013-3380291

Date: December 4, 2013

Time: 5:41 a.m.

Location: 8400 block of Jamestown Drive

Deceased: Angelica Jewel Echols, White female, (D. O. B. 12-14-90)

On Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:41 a.m., the Austin Police Department responded to a “Shots Fired” call in the 8400 block of Jamestown Drive.

A short time later, officers received another 911 call from St. David’s Hospital about a female that arrived there with a critical gunshot wound. Officers were able to determine that both incidents were related.

The victim, Angelica Jewel Echols was pronounced deceased at 6:12 a.m. at St. David’s.

Homicide detectives have learned that Angelica was with a male subject who went over to an auto repair shop to confront an individual that lived at 8307 Jamestown Dr. The confrontation escalated, a handgun was produced and shots were fired, striking Angelica once on her upper torso.

Angelica’s death has been ruled a homicide by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office.

A suspect, Andrew Pena, Black male, (D. O. B. 03-23-61) has been charged with Murder, a 1st Degree Felony. Bond is set at $1 million.

A 53-year-old man is serving 100 days in Travis County Jail for the fatal shooting of a woman in December 2013 at a North Austin auto repair shop.

Andrew Peña, who was initially charged with murder in the death of Angelica Jewel Echols, pleaded guilty last week to a lesser offense of criminally negligent homicide, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years incarceration, according to documents filed in district court. New records released Monday show he was handed a 200-day jail sentence with credit for time already served between the date of the incident, Dec. 4, 2013, and March 14.

Austin police have said Echols, 22, was shot just before 6 a.m. outside Deluxe Auto Service at 8307 Jamestown Drive near Research Boulevard. Her friend, Brian Martinez, told investigators he had been arguing with his girlfriend that evening, and that Echols had accompanied him and another friend to the location as they attempted to speak to the other young woman, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Echols waited in a car in the parking lot while Martinez and his friend banged on the door of an RV stationed on the premises, trying to reach Ramirez’s girlfriend, the records state. But Peña, who had been living inside, did not know the men and a confrontation escalated, according to the documents.

Peña fired several shots, according to officials, striking Echols in the upper torso. She was driven to a hospital before officers arrived, police said, and was pronounced dead at 6:14 a.m.


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