LEXINGTON, Ky. – A federal grand jury sitting in Lexington has charged four men for their involvement in a kidnapping that resulted in the deaths of two Lexington men. Rosario Diaz Barraza, 29, Ramon Camacho Zepeda, 51, Josė Felix Tlatenchi, 37, and Tomás Tlatenchi, 37, were each indicted Thursday for offenses related to the kidnapping and homicide of Josė Olascoaga, 29, and Marco Antonio Tunai Ortiz, 27, both of Lexington.
The grand jury charged all four defendants with one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping that resulted in death, and one count of interstate transportation of stolen vehicles. The indictment alleges that the charged offenses occurred on or about September 11, 2017, at a business located on Blue Sky Parkway in Lexington. The victims were discovered on September 14, 2017, in the trunk of a Volkswagen Jetta at the Blue Sky Parkway crime scene.
Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Daniel Dodds, Acting Special Agent in Charge, DEA Louisville; and Lawrence Weathers, Chief of Police, Lexington Division of Police, jointly announced the indictment. Assistant United States Attorney Todd Bradbury presented the indictment to the grand jury.
All four defendants are scheduled to appear in federal court, for their arraignment on the charges, on September 10, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. Each defendant faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. However, any sentence following a conviction would be imposed by the Court, after its consideration of the United States Sentencing Guidelines and applicable federal statutes.
An indictment is an accusation only. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.