Gonzales Takes Lesser Charge After Teen Murder

Phillip “P.J.” Gonzales Jr., 26, of Lubbock, who was indicted for murder, pleaded guilty Monday to a lesser charge of Tampering With Physical Evidence.
LUBBOCK, TX -- Phillip “P.J.” Gonzales Jr., 26, of Lubbock, who was indicted for murder, pleaded guilty Monday to a lesser charge of Tampering With Physical Evidence. Official records said Gonzales agreed to serve a 10-year prison sentence in exchange for his guilty plea.

On November 11, 2011 Joe Louis Martinez, 16, was shot and killed moments after leaving Club Rio, 3511 Avenue Q.

Martinez and his friends had an argument with Cristobal Torres and his friends inside the club. Martinez left in a motor vehicle and was about a block away from the club. That’s when, according to court records, Gonzales and Torres followed him in their vehicle and Torres pulled out a handgun. Torres fired the gun four times from one vehicle into the other. Martinez was shot in the back of the head and later died.

Court records said Gonzales interfered with the case by hiding the handgun.

Torres confessed - and having been found guilty at trial earlier this year - is serving a 70-year prison sentence.
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