SHAWNEE — Two McLoud brothers have been charged in the shooting death of 27-year-old Adam Pacheco, whose body was apparently kept in a closet before it was found last month near a dam at Shawnee Twin Lakes.
Andrew Fish, 25, is charged with first-degree murder in Pottawatomie County District Court in connection with Pacheco's death. His brother, Reuben Fish, is charged as an accessory after the fact.
A probable cause affidavit filed in the case states that Andrew Fish shot the victim “seven to nine times” with a handgun on the night of Dec. 28.
Records indicate the shooting happened at the Fish brothers' residence, 487 Harris Street in McLoud, shortly before midnight.
Pacheco, who was beaten up before his death, was shot three times in the upper chest, twice in the jaw and twice in the stomach, among other wounds, records show.
The affidavit doesn't shed light on a motive in the shooting, but at least three people saw Andrew Fish shoot the victim that night.
Two of the witnesses, Leslie Simpson and Anthony Grantham, were threatened with violence following the slaying. The shooter's brother, Reuben Fish, was apparently in the house at the time of the killing, as well, according to the affidavit.
“Andrew forced Simpson and Grantham into the bathroom at gunpoint,” the affidavit states. “Andrew threatened Simpson's children if she told anybody what happened.”
Reuben Fish, 33, is charged as an accessory because he helped his brother dispose of the victim's body, which was stored in a closet for 30 minutes while “Andrew came up with a plan,” the affidavit states.
“Reuben helped Andrew wrap Pacheco in the carpet,” the affidavit states. “Reuben carried the feet and Andrew carried the head and (they) carried Pacheco to the truck.”
Records show that Andrew Fish drove the body to the Twin Lakes area and “rolled Pacheco down a hill by the lake.”
Pottawatomie County District Attorney Richard Smothermon said Andrew Fish, Pacheco and another person were seen together in McLoud the night before the shooting. The men were questioned by a police officer, who documented the encounter.
“That's what led them to Andrew Fish's house following the discovery of the body the next morning,” Smothermon said. “When officers got to his house, they saw blood on his vehicle … really it was just good police work.”
Records show there was a blood trail leading from Andrew Fish's truck to the front door of his residence in McLoud. Investigators also found blood in the home they believed belonged to Pacheco.
A court date hasn't been set for the Fish brothers and it's not clear in court records whether either one has an attorney.
Both men are being held without bail at the Pottawatomie County jail.
The brothers have previous arrests, court records show.
In 2010, Andrew Fish was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, harboring a runaway child, concealing stolen property and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Court records show he pleaded guilty to these crimes in March 2011 and was placed on five years probation.
He also pleaded guilty to breaking and entering and drug possession charges in 2006 and completed probation, records show.
Reuben Fish was arrested in December 2010 and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, but the case was dismissed due to lack of evidence, records show.
The elder Fish brother also was arrested in 2005 and charged with breaking and entering, but the charges were dropped at the request of the victim, court records show.