- Associated Press - Friday, June 30, 2017

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Prosecutors say a man who told investigators he prayed with people and could predict when bad things might happen is among four men charged in a Galveston County slaying.

An affidavit says Jose Leyva of Alvin was charged with murder and accused of arranging the May 23 shooting death of 64-year-old Francisco Esparza.

The affidavit says family members of Esparza believe he told the 65-year-old Levya to stay away from a teenage relative he prayed with and offered presents. Documents show Leyva, when questioned by detectives, said he believed Esparza’s relative had a demon and the cure was a sexual act.

Jail records show three men were being held Friday on assault and murder charges. Levya was freed on $250,000 bond.

An attorney for Levya didn’t immediately return a message.

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