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Father who drove son to triple murder didn’t know he had a gun (lawyer)

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Father who drove son to triple murder didn’t know he had a gun (lawyer)

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A Texas father who drove his 14-year-old son to and from a triple murder did not know the child had a gun, his lawyer said.

Police said Richard Acosta, 33, was the getaway driver after his son Abel Elias Acosta shot more than 20 photos at a Garland comfort store on December 26, killing three children and injuring a fourth.

Acosta has surrendered to the police, but his son remains at large.

Richard Acosta surrendered to the police.
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Richard Acosta would have been the escape driver of his son Abel Elias Acosta.
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Lawyer Heath Harris said Acosta had no idea Abel “was going to do what he did,” the Dallas Morning News reported.

“Our position is that he did nothing to solicit or encourage his son to do so,” Harris said.

Acosta had gone to the store, located at a gas station, to buy medicine and entered alone, his lawyer told the newspaper. When Acosta repossessed his Dodge Ram, his son said he “needed something,” the lawyer said. The father heard the shots and slipped away – but he didn’t know it was his son who took the photos, Harris said.

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Authorities are offering a reward of $ 10,000 for key information on the arrest of Abel Elias Acosta.
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Surveillance footage confirmed the shirtless gunman slipped into the store and peeked out the window before entering and opening the foyer. Acosta’s truck was waiting near the store, according to the cops.

Acosta drove his son home, but the teenager got into a car and took off, Harris said. It wasn’t until Acosta noticed the shot on television that he surrendered, according to the lawyer. The evidence will show the child was bullied at school and his necklace was stolen, the lawyer told the newspaper.

Harris did not return a cell phone name to The Post on Friday.

Abel has been on the run since taking pictures and is considered armed and dangerous by the Garland Police Department. A reward of $ 10,000 is provided for key information on the fugitive’s arrest.

The victims of the photo shoot were identified as Xavier Gonzalez, 14, Ivan Noyala, 16, and Rafael Garcia, 17. A 15-year-old cooking dinner, identified by NBC Dallas-Fort Worth as David Humberto, was shot dead in the Chest is back home after 9 days in hospital, however.

Her cousin Michelle Dominguez, who ran the store and witnessed the photos being taken, said she never heard the shooter utter a phrase.

“I was in shock that day,” Dominguez, 17, told the station. “I was crazy that day. I was crying, I was running.

Father who drove son to triple murder didn’t know he had a gun (lawyer)

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Police said Abel Elias Acosta shot more than 20 photos at a convenience store in Garland, Texas on December 26, 2021.
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Father who drove son to triple murder didn’t know he had a gun (lawyer)

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Abel Elias Acosta was on the run because he was taking pictures.
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Father who drove son to triple murder didn’t know he had a gun (lawyer)

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The photoshoot left three young people lifeless and a fourth injured.
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The shooter was focused on at least one of the many victims, but the cops believe Xavier and the cooked dinner were bystanders, the Dallas Morning News said in an earlier report.

One of the victim’s sisters told cops she received gang-related messages after the murders, as well as an Instagram post saying “yo brotha dead asf”, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by the newspaper .

Father who drove son to triple murder didn’t know he had a gun (lawyer)

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