David Zepeda

David Zepeda

Wife looks for closure in murder case


On Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, Jo Ann Zepeda’s life forever changed.

On that evening, Zepeda’s husband David Zepeda, 59 was murdered on his front porch of his residence in the 1500 block of Avenue L after suffering a gunshot wound to the chest.

His murder remains unsolved to this day and that is what troubles Jo Ann Zepeda the most. 

“I spoke with an aunt the other day and she passed on her condolences and was thankful someone was arrested for the murder,” Jo Ann Zepeda said. “But I told her no one has been charged yet and if family thinks this, then what does the public think about it.”

Heath Dominguez was taken into custody by Bay City Police a week later after learning of the aggravated assault with a deadly weapon warrant out for his arrest.

Dominguez, who has a former legal name of Health Plant II, was wanted in connection with a drive-by shooting in the 1500 block of Avenue L Sunday, Aug. 19. 

But Jo Ann Zepeda said that Dominguez bonded out of Matagorda County Jail Oct. 11 and to this date has only been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and not the murder of her husband.

“No one has been caught or charged with the murder of my husband,” Jo Ann Zepeda said. “I just think the community needs to be aware that this case has not been solved and that there is a murderer out there on the loose right now.”

According to incident reports, Bay City police officers were originally dispatched to the residence earlier in the day in reference to shots being fired. When police arrived on the scene, they found damage to a vehicle but no one was injured at the scene.

Police were dispatched again to the residence. When police arrived for a second time at the residence, they found Zepada sitting in a chair on the porch with a gunshot wound to his chest.

Jo Ann said she was home when she heard the second gunshot.

A couple of weeks later, Bay City Police named Dominguez as a person of interest in the initial shooting and then arrested him. Jo Ann Zepeda said her family didn’t know Dominguez.

“We didn’t know him at all,” Jo Ann Zepeda said. 

With the case still under investigation, Jo Ann Zepeda just wants the Bay City community to keep their eyes and ears open and to pass on any information regarding the case to the police department.

“I just don’t have any closure on this at all,” Jo Ann Zepeda said. 

David Zepeda moved to Texas in the 1980’s and had been a permanent resident of Bay City since then. For more than 30 years, Zepeda owned and operated Bay Plumbing Company serving Bay City and the surrounding areas. 

Jo Ann said David Zepeda had a heart for those in despair and financially helped and housed several homeless individuals. 

Anyone with information on these incidents is urged to contact Det. Juan Delgado or Det. Cpl. Chris Hadash at 979-245-8500. Bay City detectives are being assisted in the investigation by the Texas Rangers. 

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