Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a woman at 7227 Canda about 3:45 a.m. on January 3.

The suspect, Jessie Jalomo Ortega, Jr. (H/m, 42), is charged with murder in the 339th State District Court. He is accused in the death of his step-daughter, Ashleigh Smith, 19, of the above address.

A photo of suspect Ortega is attached to this news release.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant H. Garcia and Senior Police Officer R. Nunez reported:

HPD patrol officers responded to an incident at the above address involving the shooting death of Ms. Smith. A preliminary investigation determined family members were in the home at the time of the incident.

Further investigation and witness statements identified Ortega as the suspect in this case. He was arrested on Tuesday (February 2) and subsequently charged.