Alleged gunman’s mother charged with obstructing justice after Ogden man’s slaying
TOOELE — The mother of the suspected gunman in an Ogden man’s shooting death is now the third person charged in the case.
The Tooele County Attorney’s Office on Tuesday charged Johnnie Marie Estrada, 51, with four counts of second-degree felony obstruction of justice in the Feb. 12 slaying of 42-year-old Anthony Bracamonte, whose body was found in sagebrush near Interstate 80 on Feb. 15.
Charging documents said Estrada was in a Wendover-bound Dodge Dart with her son, Alejandro Moore, Bracamonte and David Tenis. Moore, 30, is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly shooting Bracamonte multiple times on the roadside. The State Bureau of Investigation said forensics personnel found 12 shell casings around Bracamonte’s body.
On Monday, Estrada contacted the SBI, an arrest affidavit said, telling agents that she knew they had been looking for her and that she wanted to talk. Moore and Tenis had been arrested over the weekend.
She said Bracamonte tried to kiss her and was acting “crazy” and that Moore and Tenis told him to leave her alone. She told agents that Moore stopped the car and Bracamonte took Moore’s handgun from the glove box and got out. She said Moore got out of the car too and that she put her head down and saw no more, but heard gunshots.
Moore got back in the car and they turned around at the next exit and soon stopped for breakfast. “She made attempts to make sure” that her, Moore and Tenis “had the same story to tell police and worked with them to destroy possible evidence,” the arrest affidavit said.
Moore and Tenis gave conflicting reports to police of what happened, investigators said in charging documents.
Moore stopped the car and told Bracamonte to get out, and they left him there in the early hours of Feb. 12, Moore said.
Tenis, 32, who is charged with two counts of obstructing justice, told agents that Bracamonte became belligerent with both men and was hitting them in the car. Tenis said he and Bracamonte got out and were fighting on the side of the road when Moore allegedly shot Bracamonte several times. He said Moore then walked up to Bracamonte, lying on the ground, and allegedly shot him several more times.
Tenis said he and Moore later on Feb. 12 disposed of the handgun and the clothing they had been wearing when Bracamonte was killed.