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College Station Police investigating after two people found dead in motel

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Posted at 9:48 AM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2021-01-08 15:15:02-05

COLLEGE STATION, TX — College Station Police officers are investigating after responding to an open door call at a Days Inn and finding two men deceased on December 22, 2020.

Three people have been arrested in relation to the Days Inn investigation.

In a tweet, CSPD said they responded to an open door call just before 7 a.m. on Tuesday at a motel near Texas Avenue and Southwest Parkway.

Upon arrival, officers discovered two deceased individuals inside the room.

The two were identified as 36-year-old Juan Jimenez and 28-year-old Jacob Allen Barrera, Jr.

According to a Brazos probable cause statement which included new witness testimony, Jimenez was shot once in the head.

While processing the crime scene, a single .380 casing was found on the floor of the motel room.

As a result of the investigation surrounding Jimenez and Barrera's deaths, Edward Joseph Hall was charged with felon in possession of a firearm and tampering with evidence. Hall was allegedly present in the motel room.

In the probable cause statement for the charge, another witness, Samantha Hil, says six people smoked methamphetamine on the morning of December 22, 2020 inside the room.

Hill was charged with failure to report a felony.

Another man present in the motel room, Waymon Richardson III, was already in jail for a related felony theft charge. He is now being charged with aggravated robbery.

Hill told investigators she saw Richardson pull out a pistol and shoot at Jimenez. The first shot hit the wall directly behind his head. She said she then left the room and heard another gunshot.

Hill says she got into a vehicle with Richardson and Hall and Hall told Richardson to get out.

Hill and Hall left without him, but the gun was still in the backseat, according to the statement.

After returning to Hall's home, Hall broke down the pistol into several pieces and hid it in the wall. Police later found the dismantled black semi-automatic Ruger .380 pistol with the serial number removed.

Richardson told police during the investigation that Hall began to act strange at the motel and from "prior experience with him, he believed Hall was about to rob Barrera and Jimenez."

Richardson told investigators Hall pulled out a small pistol and fired one round into the wall. He says a second shot was fired by Hall that struck Jimenez. Richardson says Hall walked over to Barrera and demanded his money while wielding the firearm. Richardson says Hall told him to retrieve any other items from inside the room.

"From the Defendant's statements and evidence found through the investigation there is probable cause to show that the Defendant assisted Edward Hall in committing an Aggravated Robbery of Jacob Barrera's property."

CSPD says this case remains under investigation.