As 26-year-old Darnell Bennett was laid to rest Monday, local authorities hunted the last of five men believed responsible for his murder.
Rafael Orta, 20, remained at large Monday afternoon while his alleged co-conspirators — Jacob Woodard, 20; Osvaldo Hernandez-Escamilla, 18; Gerardo Renteria, 18; and Jesus Vela, 17, all of Lufkin — were being held in the Angelina County Jail, charged with capital murder.
According to Lufkin Police Det. Cpl. Travis Strickland, Bennett’s shooting death was the result of a robbery pact gone wrong. Around 10 p.m. last Tuesday, Feb. 7, the five men reportedly drove to the home Bennett shared with his girlfriend Britney Nerren and her young son at 1408 California Blvd., intending to rob him. Strickland said the men were only acquainted with Bennett as someone who sold marijuana and had no prior issues with him.
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