|The Victim- Corianne Cervantes|
"They discussed the fact that Mr. Reyes had sold his soul to the devil, and if they ended up killing this teenager, this would allow the 16-year-old to also sell his soul to the devil." Assistant Harris County Attorney John Jordan said Tuesday.
Corianne Cervantes’ body was discovered this weekend inside a vacant apartment at the Bay Apartments in the 16400 block of El Camino Real. She disappeared days earlier.
Police say a neighbor passing by noticed the second floor apartment door was open and stopped to check.
He walked in to find the body surrounded by what detectives call "religious cult items."
Investigators say the girl had been tortured and sexually assaulted. Her injuries included an upside down crucifix carved on her stomach. She had been beaten with an ashtray and toilet seat.
"What happened in that vacant apartment was sadistic," John Jordan said. "What will eventually happen in the 338th district courtroom will be justice."
Prosecutors say the 16-year-old suspect knew Cervantes. They both attended Clear Path Alternative School in the Clear Creek ISD. They believe the victim likely entered the apartment willingly, but then they wouldn't let her leave.
The victim's aunt, Catera Cervantes, said the crime was "unexplainable" to the family, and they were all have a tough time coping with horrific details.
Prosecutors say the Reyes family is cooperating. Their son has been charged with capital murder. If convicted, he could receive life in prison without parole. He's too young to get the death penalty.
The unidentified 16-year has been referred to the Harris County Juvenile Probation Authority on a charge of capital murder. He could also face life in prison.