Man charged with Capital Murder following Nov. 2 death of Saffire Armenta

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Update mugshot courtesy of the Reeves County Sheriff’s Office.

MIDLAND COUNTY, Texas (Nexstar)- Investigators in Midland County have made an arrest in the death of Saffire Armenta, 25, who was found burned earlier this month. 

Sergio Antonio Cerna, 37, has been charged with Capital Murder. The Midland County Sheriff’s Office served the warrant while Cerna was in custody for Possession of a Controlled Substance in Reeves County. Cerna is being held on a $100,000 bond for the possession charge, as well as a million-dollar bond for the capital murder charge and is currently detained in the Reeves County Jail.

On November 2, MCSO and the Midland Fire Department responded to a call regarding a structure fire. At the scene, they said they did not find any building on fire, but did find the burning body. On November 8, MCSO identified the body as that of Armenta.

In an interview with the family last week, her sister Alexxis said the family just wants answers. “We want justice, but more than anything, answers to why someone would do this.”

A cause of death for Armenta has not yet been revealed by MCSO who says the investigation is on-going. We will update this story as more information becomes available. 

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