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No change in bond for Callaway murder suspect, next hearing to be held in January

Emily Ricketts
Callaway County Sheriff's Office
Emily Ricketts


A woman accused of being an accessory to a murder had no change made to her bond following a hearing Wednesday at the Callaway County Courthouse.

Emily Ricketts, 26, of Indianapolis, Indiana, is still being held without bond at the Callaway County Jail. Her next hearing will be 10:30 a.m. Jan. 6, 2023, according the the Callaway County Circuit Clerk.

Ricketts was charged in January 2019 with accessory to first-degree murder in the death of Lauro Garza-Perez, who was found dead in the 1500 block of Highway 40 near the Boone-Callaway County line. Investigators are still looking for Ruben Corales Cabrera, whom they believe is in Mexico, Callaway County Sheriff Clay Chism said in early November.

Chism said on Nov. 9 that the shooting was part of a "significant drug nexus."

Ricketts was found and arrested in Mexico and taken to the United States, Chism said.  She was booked into the San Diego County Jail.

According to court documents, Ricketts was in the passenger seat of a dark grey Volkswagen Jetta with Garza-Perez. The two were being followed by Cabrera, who was driving a red Chevrolet Corvette on Old Highway 40, a Callaway County Sheriff’s Office investigator wrote in a probable cause statement. Surveillance video showed that Cabrera got stuck in a ditch near the county line, then allegedly chased Garza-Perez into the Laser Transports parking lot and shot him repeatedly, court documents said.

Authorities say Ricketts then got into the driver seat of the Volkswagen, picked up Cabrera and drove him to get his car out of the ditch.

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