Shenandoah grad charged with murder


April 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A former southwest Iowa resident is facing a felony murder charge in Texas.

Padilla, Miller and Pena (photo from

According to the Omaha World Herald, 20-year old Tyler Miller, a 2010 graduate of the Shenandoah High School, is accused in the fatal beating of 47-year old Baldemar Perez. Another man, 21-year old Christopher Padilla, was also arrested in connection with the March 29th incident, which occurred in San Antonio. Both men were charged Murder in the 1st degree.

Padilla is also suspected of committing a robbery about midnight at before he and Miller, beat Perez to death. He was charged with Robbery in the 2nd degree, which is also a felony offense. 35-year old Oscar Pena, who was in the home where Miller and Perez were arrested, was taken into custody on numerous warrants, but is not a suspect in the murder case.

Authorities say they believe the attack on Perez was a random incident that began with a series of crimes at a local strip club. Both men were being held in the Bexar County, TX, jail, where Miller’s bond was set at $250,000.