FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 9, 2019

Murder Charge Added to Suspect in 2018 Homicide

A charge of MURDER has been added to suspect, Stephanie Marie Ray in the homicide of Johnny Cardenas.

Cardenas’s body was discovered in the 9800 block of Blocker Ln, on the side of the road, July 11, 2018. The site where the body was found is approximately 100 yards from the home where Cardenas and Ray lived.

Evidence and testimony collected by detectives led to the arrest of Ray on February 19, 2019. She was charged with Tampering With or Fabricating Physical Evidence. On July 3, 2019, Ray confessed to shooting Cardenas and to sending text messages intended to make it appear he was still alive.
Bond is set at $50,000 for the Tampering charge and $75,000 for the Murder charge. She is currently in custody.

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Submitted By: Kristen Dark, Sr. Public Information Officer (512) 854-4986

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