Murder-for-hire suspect now charged with aggravated kidnapping of another man


KAUFMAN, Texas — A Dallas, Texas, man accused of killing a Kaufman, Texas, man over a disputed $500 in drug money is now facing an aggravated kidnapping charge after kidnapping another man, binding, and assaulting him for $150 in owed money.

22-year-old Christian Andres Ojeda of Dallas, Texas, was booked into the Collin County Jail on August 27, 2014, for unrelated charges when an arrest warrant was issued for him for the murder of 20-year-old Manuel Rios of Kaufman, Texas.

Ojeda is now accused of kidnapping Derek Jordan Abbott of McKinney, Texas, on August 17, 2014, with the help of Brandon Blair of Kaufman, Texas, and Adam Waller from a trailer park in the 200 block of Southfork Boulevard in Wylie, Texas.

According to an arrest warrant, the three suspects zip tied Abbott’s hands and feet, took him to a residence in the 11000 block of Castolon in Dallas, Texas, and assaulted him for $150 in methamphetamine allegedly owed to Blair. Abbott denied owing the money and stated Rios okayed the drug transaction without his knowledge, states the arrest warrant.

Abbott was punched and pistol whipped by Blair and Ojeda in the backyard of the home in Dallas. Abbott was released after a friend visited the home and paid the alleged $150 debt.

Rios was reported missing with the Kaufman Police Department on August 17, 2014, by his mother.

On August 18, 2014, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Rios was at Ojeda's house in Dallas when the two got into a fight and Ojeda pulled a knife – stabbing Rios once who then fell to the ground.

Rios' body was later found on August 19, 2014, at approximately 7:45 a.m. in the 6500 block of I-45, just north of Overton Road, deceased of an apparent stab wound.

Rios was found partially covered with a black trash bag. Ojeda's fingerprints were pulled from the trash bag covering Rios' body. Blood evidence was also found in the trunk and on the headrest of a vehicle used to relocate and dump Rios' body from the same home in Dallas where Ojeda and the two other men assaulted Abbott.

On Friday, August 23, 2014, the Kaufman Police Department arrested 30-year-old Eric Ruiz Carbajal and charged him with capital murder while remuneration for a $500 “hit” he placed on Rios and Abbott.

With the issuance of the latest arrest warrant, Ojeda is being held at the Collin County Jail on a $500,000 bond for murder and a $500,000 bond for aggravated kidnapping.

Carbajal is being held in the Kaufman County jail on a $200,000 bond.

Blair is being held at the Collin County Jail on $75,000 bond for aggravated kidnapping.