New Details Released in Connection With Odessa Murder

New Details Released in Connection With Odessa Murder

By Alexa Williams
NewsWest 9

ODESSA: NewsWest 9 is learning more information about the murder on 7th Street Tuesday night in Odessa. According to the report, the two men involved used to be roommates. Now, one is dead and the other is behind bars for pulling the trigger.

We're told around 4:30 p.m. police went out to the 1600 block of West 7th Street after shots were fired.

"Upon arrival, officers observed a Hispanic male who was deceased and who had obviously sustained a gunshot wound to the head," said Corporal Steve LeSueur with the Odessa Police Department.

Police said a witness told them this all stemmed from an argument between two former roommates. According to the report, 27-year-old Joshua Carrasco and 27-year-old Orlando Mendivil had been accusing each other of stealing property from an apartment they used to live at.

"They got into some sort of argument. They were upset with each other," said LeSueur.

Officials believe that argument is what sparked the murder.

The report goes on to explain that Carrasco was standing in the living room at a house on West 7th Street. That's when he lit a pack of fireworks and threw them out the front door. When they went off, he shot Mendivil who died at the scene.

Police said those fireworks could have possibly been set off for a decoy.

"We received shots fired calls all the time and most of them end up being fireworks," said LeSueur.

Carrasco turned himself in to police around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday night. He's been charged with first degree murder.