Three teens, including two juveniles, were indicted Thursday on charges related to the March beating death of a 67-year-old Gainesville man.
A Hall County grand jury returned an 11-count indictment against Brian Martin Rivera, 16, Daniel Vilchis-Ayala, 16, and Nelson Vaca, 17, who authorities say are members of the Sur-13 street gang in Athens.
The charges include murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, attempted armed robbery, burglary, kidnapping with bodily injury, false imprisonment and violation of Georgia’s street gang terrorism act.
Ramon Hernandez, a handyman who lived and worked at the East Ridge Mobile Home Park, was found dead inside his trailer on March 18.
The home is located off Marlow Drive between Ga. 60 and U.S. 129 in unincorporated Hall County.
According to the indictment, authorities believe Hernandez was held against his will and beaten repeatedly in the face and head with a unspecified firearm. The beating occurred March 16 and Hernandez died either March 16 or March 17, according to the indictment.
The defendants, all from Athens, are accused of trying to steal from Hernandez at the time of the killing, according to the indictment.
Vilchis-Ayala was arrested in Athens the afternoon that Hernandez’s body was found and Vaca was arrested in Athens four days later.
Rivera, 16, remains a fugitive.
Vaca, who authorities believe drove the other two defendants from the murder scene, is charged as a party to the crimes of murder, aggravated assault, attempted armed robbery and burglary.
All three teens are charged with violation of Georgia’s gang act for allegedly participating in violent street gang activity as members of Sur-13, according to the indictment.
At 16, Vilchis-Ayala and Rivera are technically juveniles but are being charged as adults because the charge is murder.
Vilchis-Ayala and Vaca remain jailed without bond. A nationwide lookout remains for Rivera.