Man arraigned on charges in fatal home invasion

Leoncio Hernandez

ENID, Okla. — One man arrested in connection with a fatal home invasion last month was arraigned Tuesday on charges of murder and conspiracy.

Leoncio Hernandez, 33, was charged last Thursday with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit a felony. Bond has been denied in the case.

Hernandez faces life in prison, life without parole or death on the murder charge. Because of two prior felony convictions in Arizona, he faces 20 years to life on the conspiracy charge.

Hernandez appeared before Special District Judge Brian Lovell with his attorney Thomas Griesedieck. Griesedieck said they received a copy of the charges and would stand mute. Lovell said he would enter a plea of not guilty on Hernandez's behalf.

Hernandez is accused of acting in concert on Sept. 11 with Luis Macias, Michael Huerta, Eva Moraz-Corral and Cory Sanchez to cause the death of Diana Baez.

Macias and Moraz-Corral also were charged Thursday with same charges. Macias is scheduled for arraignment Friday, according to online court records. An arraignment date for Moraz-Corral has not been set.

Baez, 41, was beaten and stabbed in the early morning hours of Sept. 11 in her home, 413 W. Vine.

Meraz-Corral told Enid Police Department detectives she was responsible for the attack on Baez, whom she met when the two were staying at Enid YWCA, according to the affidavit. She said Baez began dating a man she had been involved with previously.

Meraz-Corral said she contacted someone in Mexico in reference to Baez and was told to contact Hernandez, according to the affidavit. Meraz-Corral said she spoke with Hernandez at his residence, 1733 Meadowbrook, and told him she did not want Baez "to be pretty anymore."

Meraz-Corral said she did not want Baez to be with her ex-boyfriend anymore, according to the affidavit. She said if Hernandez took care of her request, she would make arrangements to put him contact with a man who had an unpaid debt of $40,000.

A preliminary hearing has been tentatively set for Jan. 29-31 with the potential of seven possible defendants.

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Rains is police and court reporter for the Enid News & Eagle. Follow him on Twitter, @cassrains.
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