Five men charged with murder four years after teen left to die in burning car, report says

man left to die in burning car  men charged with murder  years later
Source: David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center, Lyon County Sheriff Department

Aug. 20 2021, Published 1:08 p.m. ET

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A 19-year-old man was left to die in a burning car in Kansas in 2017 and police announced years later that five men have been charged in connection to the teen’s murder.

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On Sept. 6, 2017, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said Lyon County Sheriff's deputies were called to investigate a suspicious vehicle on a road east of Emporia.

When investigators found the car, it was on fire and the body of Jesus Avila-Galvin Jr., 19, was inside, officials said.

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Avila died in the vehicle fire and four years later, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, Emporia Police Department and State Fire Marshal arrested five suspects on Aug. 18 in the case.

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Around 4 a.m., Andrew John “AJ” Granado, 21, was booked into the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, according to authorities.

Jordy Cornejo-Compoverde, 21, was arrested around 5:45 a.m., Armando Nunez, 20, was arrested around 8:30 a.m., Alan Alanis, 19, was arrested around 9:30 a.m. and Jovan Pecina, 22, was arrested around 11 a.m., police said.

According to officials, all four men were booked into the Lyon County Jail.

All five men were charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, aggravated robbery, arson and interference with a law enforcement officer.


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