Suspect charged with murder of Abilene man found near Barnhart

Stephen Lynn Jennings, 34, of San Angelo, were arrested during July 2017 in connection with the disappearance of a missing Abilene man.

SAN ANGELO, Texas - A murder charge has been filed against one of the three suspects in the case of an Abilene man who was found dead near Barnhart.

Stephen Jennings, 34, of San Angelo was charged with murder Tuesday. He was already in custody for tampering with evidence with intent to impair, according to the Tom Green County Jail log.

Eric Torrez, 41, was reported missing July 24. He was last seen three days earlier. He was headed to San Angelo to bid on a contract. His body was found Friday eight miles south of Barnhart. The autopsy was completed Monday.

Torrez' ex-girlfriend, Kristen Anne Dean Jennings, 28, of San Angelo, along with her husband Stephen and her father-in-law Garry Lynn Jennings, 60, of Glenn Heights, were all arrested July 28.

Kristen Jennings is charged with burglary of a habitation. Garry Jennings is charged with tamper or fabricate with physical evidence with intent to impair.

Tom Green County Sheriff David Jones says a trial is scheduled Wednesday for protective custody of Jennings' children.

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