San Antonio Man Charged with Domestic Violence Violation for Allegedly Shooting Common-Law Wife on Fort Sam Houston Faces New Charge of Conspiracy to Kill a Witness
|U.S. Attorney’s Office July 08, 2013|
A San Antonio man who is currently under federal indictment for allegedly shooting his common-law wife multiple times on Fort Sam Houston last month faces a new charge of conspiracy to kill a witness to prevent testimony and in retaliation for providing information to law enforcement, announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and Federal Bureau of Investigation San Antonio Division Special Agent in Charge Armando Fernandez.
A federal criminal complaint filed this morning against 51–year-old Alvin Leon Roundtree alleges that from June 26, 2013 until July 7, 2013, Roundtree conspired with his nephew, 28-year-old Leonard Roundtree, Jr., of Richardson, Texas, to hire an individual to kill Alvin Roundtree’s common-law wife. According to the complaint, in recordings of multiple telephone calls placed by Alvin Roundtree from the GEO federal jail facility to Leonard Roundtree, Alvin told Leonard that he was going to pay an individual $10,000 to kill his common-law wife to prevent her from testifying against him in his upcoming trial and for providing information to investigators about the June 10, 2013 shooting incident. According to the complaint, Leonard Roundtree agreed to deliver a pre-payment of $1,000 to the individual solicited to commit the murder plus $9,000 more after the murder was carried out.
Leonard Roundtree was arrested yesterday in Richardson, Texas. He had his initial appearance in federal court in Dallas earlier today where he waived his detention hearing and agreed to be transferred to the Western District of Texas for further court proceedings. Upon conviction of the conspiracy to kill charge, each defendant faces up to life in federal prison.
This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States Marshals Service, together with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division and the San Antonio Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Bettina Richardson is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
A criminal complaint is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.