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Police say man revealed chilling details in killing of San Antonio father, whose body was found in trunk

February 19, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Police say man revealed chilling details in killing of San Antonio father, whose body was found in trunk

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Police arrested a man in San Antonio on Friday for his alleged role in the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old father, whose decomposing remains were discovered inside the trunk of his car earlier this month.

Ashton Lucas Lomas, 23, has been charged with capital murder, which carries a maximum sentence of life behind bars or the death penalty.

Martin Gonzales, 23, was reported missing in January. On February 7th, authorities in Universal City were reporting to a call of a suspicious vehicle at an apartment complex, KSAT reported.

Detectives smelled a foul odor coming from the trunk of the car, according to an arrest affidavit.

Investigators believed a decomposing corpse was inside the vehicle and had a towing service assist with opening the trunk. Once the trunk was opened, the body, which was later identified as Gonzales, was discovered in a green military-style sack.

The medical examiner’s office arrived and found the body wrapped in bed sheets and other clothing.

During the autopsy, authorities learned that Gonzales’ arms were zip-tied and his legs were covered with a white rope. His head was wrapped in cellophane, which concealed a gunshot wound.

On February 16th, the San Antonio Police Department said they received a call from Lomas, who admitted that he had killed Gonzales. Lomas then gave police details about the murder and other facts not released to the public.

Lomas told police that he and two other individuals took Gonzales and robbed him.

They took his watch, gold chain, two firearms, some marijuana, and $40. Lomas said that he then received an order to kill the victim, which he did with a revolver.

Lomas said he and another suspect cleaned the crime scene and helped him carry the body into the victim’s trunk. The same man that told him to shoot Gonzales ordered him to dispose of the body.

Gonzales was known as “Chubbs,” and is survived by a wife and two children.

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