Miguel Castillo made his first appearance in court for the shooting death of Tyler Schoenrock.
Castillo was officially charged with accessory to a felony by the Lancaster County attorney. At the courthouse, Castillo's girlfriend and another friend told Channel 8 he's innocent. Meanwhile, authorities continue to search for the second man, Adrian Casares.
Castillo showed little emotion as he stood before a judge at the Lancaster County Courthouse. He's officially charged with accessory to a felony in connection with the murder of 25–year old Tyler Schoenrock who was found shot to death on a rural road north of Lincoln.
Castillo's girlfriend and another friend spoke with us after the hearing Monday afternoon.
"I was in shock, I didn't know what to think or who to talk to."
According to an arrest affidavit Castillo and another man, 20–year old Adrian Casares, a known gang member who has served time in prison, drove with Schoenrock to the area where he was killed in the early morning hours of December 30th.
In the documents, Castillo stated he saw Casares get out of the car with the victim.. He then said he heard gunshots, then saw the victim fall to the ground.
The women say they don't believe either man could have done this.
"Obviously, for Tyler's family and closure for them, we hope that the right person gets punished for what happened."
An arrest warrant was issued last Friday for Casares who has since been on the run.
"I know Adrian better than I know Miguel. And I just can't wait to see their smiling faces again, you know what I mean? Just because this whole thing is really sad."
An accessory to a felony conviction carries a penalty of one to twenty years in prison.
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