Suspect arrested in December park killing

Jake Anthony Espinoza

Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a man found at Keith Weiss Park about 7 a.m. on Dec. 1, 2013.

The suspect, Jake Anthony Espinoza, 18, is charged with murder and retaliation in the 351st State District Court. He is accused in the killing of Luis Lara, 19, of Houston, who died at the scene.

According to Houston Police reports, runners from MacArthur High School and other joggers found Mr. Lara in the early morning hours. He was dead from several gunshot wounds. And was a 2012 MacArthur graduate.

A preliminary investigation determined Lara was involved in a physical fight with several other males in the park. During the fight, Lara knocked down the suspect, who pulled out a gun and shot Lara several times.

Further investigation identified Espinoza as the suspect in this case and he was taken into custody last Monday, July 21, without incident and subsequently charged for his role in Lara’s death.