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2 men arrested after motorist finds man fatally shot in the head in Tarrant County

Jacoby Jones, 22, and Ungu Ngandu, 18, face capital murder charges in the death of Eduardo Pedroza Escobar.

Updated at 3:10 p.m. Jan. 21: Revised to include a second arrest.

An Irving man and a Grand Prairie man face a capital murder charges after a fatal shooting in Tarrant County earlier this month.

Jacoby Mikel Jones, 22, of Irving and Ungu Ngandu, 18, of Grand Prairie were booked into the Dallas County jail on Jan. 12 in connection with the death of 38-year-old Eduardo Pedroza Escobar.

A passing motorist found Pedroza dead about 8 a.m. Jan. 9 along Teague Road in an unincorporated part of southeastern Tarrant County, according to the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department. He had been shot in the head.

The sheriff’s office did not say how investigators linked the suspects to the slaying but said it appeared to be an isolated incident.

Jones’ bail was set at $500,000.

Ngandu also faces two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of failure to identify of a fugitive, and his bail was set at $705,000.

Court records show that Jones was serving 10 years of deferred adjudication probation in a 2017 aggravated robbery case, but prosecutors had sought last year to have his probation revoked after he was arrested on robbery and weapons charges and failed to meet other conditions of his probation.

Tom Steele, Breaking News Producer. Tom has covered breaking news for The Dallas Morning News since 2016. He has worked in a number of other capacities for The News since 2007, and he was previously a copy editor at The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Fla. He has degrees in journalism and economics from Lehigh University.

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