Murder charges filed against hit and run suspect

Alex Ray Contreras, 20, charged with murder

UPDATE Friday 3:30 p.m.: Murder Charges have now been filed against Alex Contreras. He was arrested in connection with a hit and run at Club Baloo that resulted in the death of Melvin Jeffries, and Anthony Owensby was also injured in that incident.

Contreras was originally charged with manslaughter but that has now been dismissed, as investigators believe the hit and run was an intentional act.

The 47th District Attorney's office filed murder charges and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle against Contreras, Friday afternoon.

UPDATE: ProNews 7 has learned that Melvin Jefferies has died from the injuries suffered in a hit and run accident early Thursday morning. Amarillo Police said an autopsy will be performed in Lubbock on Friday.

Police also said they have identified and arrested a suspect in the case. Alex Ray Contreras, 20, was questioned by the Special Crimes Unit and has been booked into the Potter County Detention Center on a charge of manslaughter.

Police are still asking anyone with information on this incident to call the Special Crimes Unit at 378-9468 or the Amarillo Police Traffic Unit at 378-4250.

UPDATE: As of 1:50 Thursday afternoon Melvin Jeffries was still in life threatening condtion, suffering from injuries after he was hit by a car. The incident happened at Amarillo night club, Club Baloo, just after 1 a.m. Thursday morning.

Police are still looking for those responsible, and if you have any information about the incident call Amarillo Crime Stoppers at (806) 374-4400.

Previously Posted:

Amarillo Police were called to 2601 Linda just after 1:00 Thursday morning to investigate a hit and run.

Officers who responded to the scene found two people had been hit by a car that fled the scene. The victims have been identified as Melvin Jeffries, 34, and Anthony Owensby, 36. Police say Jeffries' injuries are considered life threatening, Owensby's injuries are considered non-life threatening.

Police have not located the car at this time, they describe it as a dark colored midsize sedan. Anyone with information on this event is being asked to call the Amarillo Police Department Traffic Investigation Unit at 378-4250 or Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 374-4400.