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Arrests Made Over 2013 Killing Of Attorney In Southlake

Bob Booth
Special to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Police investigated at Southlake Town Square in May 2013 after Juan Jesus Guerrero Chapa was killed.

Three men are accused of stalking an attorney from Mexico to Southlake using video cameras and photographs before gunning him down in a shopping center parking lot.

Juan Jesus Guerrero Chapa was shot dead on May 22, 2013, while sitting in an SUV parked at Southlake Town Square.

Authorities said Tuesday that the three men are charged with interstate stalking. The men are accused of setting up cameras near Chapa's home and tracking his vehicle before the shooting.

Jesus Gerardo Ledezma-Cepeda, Jesus Gerardo Ledezma-Cortes and Jose Luis Cepeda-Cortes were all arrested Friday. Information on their attorneys was not immediately available.

The Monitor newspaper reports two men from Mexico on Monday appeared in court in McAllen on charges of interstate stalking with intent to kill the lawyer. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports an autopsy showed the victim was shot 10 times and had cocaine in his system.

The Monitor reports:

U.S. Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos charged Jesus Ledezma and Jose Luis Cepeda, both 58, with interstate stalking with the intent to kill. … Guerrero had worked as an attorney for former Gulf Cartel boss Ociel Cárdenas. The criminal complaint against the two men said they’d travelled to Southlake “and elsewhere” from Mexico between March 1, 2011, and the date of Guerrero’s homicide. … The FBI arrested the men, who were booked into the Hidalgo County Jail over the weekend, according to jail records. A third man — named in jail records only as “John Doe” with a birth year of 1980 — was also arrested by FBI agents and booked into the jail around the same time as Ledezma and Cepeda. It was unclear if his arrest was related to this case.

Photo credit: Bob Booth/Special to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram