BREAKING NEWS: Levelland man indicted in Hockley Co. grand jury for capital murder charge

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LEVELLAND, Texas — A Levelland man was indicted on two charges by a Hockley County grand jury Wednesday.

One charge was for capital murder connected to the death of Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Josh Bartlett and the other was for attempted capital murder for the shooting and serious injury of Levelland Police Department’s Detective Sgt. Shawn Wilson.

Lubbock County Sheriff’s Sergeant Josh Bartlett, image from video archive (Nexstar/Staff)

Officials confirmed the indictment Wednesday after Levelland Police Chief Albert Garcia said the grand jury spent hours deliberating the case.

“What we did today was the very beginning process of seeking justice for not just Sgt. Bartlett, who lost his life coming to our aid, but for all the other officers that responded and that were here to provide aid to our community,” Garcia said.

Omar Soto-Chavira, 22, was already charged with capital murder for an armed, deadly standoff with officers in Levelland on July 15.

Police in Levelland requested help from the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team in the 1100 block of 10th Street.

After the incident, Soto-Chavira was shot and taken to a Lubbock hospital. He was held at the Lubbock County Detention Center and eventually transferred to the Hockley County Jail. As of Wednesday, he remained there on a $500,000 bond.

During a news conference, District Attorney Angela L. Overman said she would seek the death penalty. She also said more charges were in the works.

“We’ve got more to come. We’re just getting started,” Overman said.

Garcia also said the two charges from Wednesday were just the start of probably many charges being prepared to present.

“We are working diligently on trying to get all these charges filed with the District Attorney’s office,” Garcia said. “This is going to be a very long and extensive process…”

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