2 indicted over body found in Sam Houston National Forest near Houston, alleged gang slaying


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HOUSTON — Two men have been indicted on murder charges in the 2013 alleged gang-related slaying of a teen whose mutilated body was found in a forest near Houston.

Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced the indictment of 22-year-old Cristian Alexander Zamora and 19-year-old Ricardo Leonel Campos-Lara. Investigators say both suspects from El Salvador face initial court appearances in Houston.

The body of 16-year-old Josael Guevara was discovered Sept. 23 in Sam Houston National Forest. Authorities say the victim, who was a sophomore at Klein Forest High School in Houston, was struck with a machete and a bat.

Zamora was arrested hours after the body was located. Lara was arrested in October.

The Walker County Sheriff's Office has said investigators believe the killing was gang-related retaliation.

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