Shooting Suspect Faces Sentencing for Murder of Ricky Bernal Jr.

Atascosa County, Texas – Joseph Saiz, 26, is facing sentencing after being accused of fatally shooting 22-year-old Ricky Bernal Jr. in August at a residence off Big Leaf Road. The victim’s family awaits justice as Saiz is scheduled for a hearing at 2 p.m. at the Atascosa County Justice Center. Saiz is one of two suspects charged with Bernal’s murder, with 19-year-old Cason Cash Raymond also facing murder charges.

On August 19, Bernal was discovered shot in his backyard at his home off Big Leaf Road by Atascosa County deputies. His grandmother, Romanita Urdiales recounted finding him with a gunshot wound to his neck, recalling his unresponsive state. Witnesses reported seeing the suspects flee the scene, leading to their eventual capture.

Maria Leon, Bernal’s mother, expressed frustration over the lack of clarity regarding the events leading up to her son’s tragic passing. She anticipates learning the details during Saiz’s hearing, despite the emotional toll it may bring. The family disclosed that Saiz, who was a friend of Bernal, was identified as the individual responsible for the fatal shooting.

Bernal, a father, left behind a young son, prompting heartache and uncertainty for his loved ones. As they prepare to face Saiz in court, emotions run high, with Leon grappling with the concept of forgiveness amidst her grief. The Atascosa County District Attorney’s Office has refrained from commenting on the case until after the hearing, leaving the family to seek closure and justice for their beloved Bernal.