A 42-year-old man charged for reportedly helping his son cover up the killing of a Levelland man last year, is now being charged with reportedly threatening the woman who told police about the homicide.
Oscar Pena Cerna was indicted April 10 for a third-degree felony count of retaliation, which carries a punishment of two to 10 years in prison.
Lubbock police believe Cerna threatened a woman in March for telling police in October that his son, Oscar Diaz Cerna, killed 30-year-old Jacob Duffee, and that he helped hide the body.
The father and son were arrested in November in connection with Duffee’s killing. Duffee had been reported missing by his family in October. However, a woman told investigators that Oscar Pena Cerna confided in her that his son killed Duffee and he helped hide Duffee’s body in a water drainage hole near the intersection of 50th Street and Magnolia Avenue, according to an arrest warrant.
Cerna reportedly told police his son called him after fatally shooting Duffee, his son’s employer, at his apartment, according to an arrest warrant. He also admitted to moving the body to the water drainage hole where police later recovered it.
Oscar Diaz Cerna was indicted by a grand jury for murder in January. He remains held at the jail since his arrest and his bond is set at $250,000.
Oscar Pena Cerna was arrested and indicted for a second-degree felony count of tampering with evidence. He was released in January on bond, set at $30,000.
On March 24, the woman told a police detective that Cerna called her telling her, “how could you do this to me and Oscar?” then he invited her to spend time with him. She declined and she said he began sending her and her 16-year-old daughter threatening messages by text, the warrant states.
The woman said she and her daughter packed their bags and left their home with a friend after Cerna texted them that he was on his way to their home. The two left town that night because Cerna threatened he was going to get the woman’s daughter “no matter what,” the warrant stated.
Lubbock police arrested Cerna on March 28 and booked him on the retaliation charge. He remains held at the jail and his bond on that charge is set at $200,000.