San Antonio mall shooters face capital murder charges as more details about victim emerge

Both suspects have an extensive criminal history

The two men accused of a robbery turned deadly shooting at a San Antonio mall this weekend are facing capital murder charges after a Good Samaritan who tried to intervene was killed.

Jason Prieto and Jose Luis Rojas are reportedly each being held on a $1.5 million bond. The two men had been attempting to rob a Kay Jewelers store when bystanders tried to prevent them from fleeing. One of those bystanders, Jonathan Murphy, of Cibolo, Texas, was killed when one of the suspects shot at him. Another, who had a concealed carry license, shot Rojas and critically injured him. As of Tuesday, Rojas remained hospitalized. Prieto was apprehended by police after he stole a car from the mall parking lot and crashed in soon after in a rush to flee.

Murphy was at the jewelry store with his wife, getting their wedding rings cleaned. The 42-year-old former is remembered on a GoFundMe page as a fierce and selfless protector of his family, and a faithful supporter of Marine Corps.

According to court records obtained by the San Antonio Express News, both suspects have a long criminal history. Prieto has been charged with numerous crimes, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault causing bodily injury. Rojas has multiple DUI and drug charges, and was also previously charged with assault causing bodily injury.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.


Photo: San Antonio Police Department