Law enforcement make arrests in 2017 Lyon County murder of teen

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EMPORIA (KSNT) – Arrests have been made in Lyon County and Tulsa, Oklahoma for the 2017 murder of a teenager found in a burned car.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI), the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, the Emporia Police Department, and the Office of the State Fire Marshal announced they have made five arrests related to the September 2017 murder of 19-year-old Jesus Avila. 

Avila was found in a burned vehicle on Sept. 6, 2017.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office identified the person inside the car as Jesus Avila-Galvan Jr., 19, of Emporia.

The arrests were made the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 18, at various locations in Emporia, as well as in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Arrested were:

  • Andrew John “AJ” Granado, 21, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was arrested at approximately 4 a.m. He was booked into the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center in Tulsa County, Oklahoma.
  • Jordy Cornejo-Campoverde, 21, of Emporia, was arrested at approximately 5:45 a.m.
  • Armando Nunez, 20, of Emporia, was arrested at approximately 8:30 a.m.
  • Alan Alanis, 19, of Emporia, was arrested at approximately 9:30 a.m.
  • Jovan Pecina, 22, of Emporia, was arrested at approximately 10:50 a.m.

Following their arrests Cornejo-Campoverde, Nunez, Alanis, and Pecina were booked into the Lyon County Jail.

All five suspects were arrested for murder in the first-degree, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, aggravated robbery, arson, and interference with a law enforcement officer.

Formal charges are pending. 

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