Charge against Engel upgraded

Tanner Engel
Tatiana Torres
Managing Editor

According to Sweetwater Chief of Police Brian Frieda, the charge against Tanner Engel, 26, of Sweetwater, has been upgraded from aggravated assault with a deadly weapon to murder.
Engel is accused of fatally shooting 39-year-old Brandon Heath Abeita on the 1100 block of Fowler on Sunday morning.
The charge is a first degree felony and if found guilty, Engel could face anywhere from five to 99 years to life in prison.
Engel is currently being held at the Nolan County Jail on a $125,000 bond.