RUNNELS COUNTY – A single gunshot wound to the head has been determined as the cause of death of a Miles man who was found in a field in the community on the afternoon of Sept. 21, the Runnels County Sheriff’s Office reported.

RUNNELS COUNTY – A single gunshot wound to the head has been determined as the cause of death of a Miles man who was found in a field in the community on the afternoon of Sept. 21, the Runnels County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Thomas Peiser, 41, was charged that day with the murder of Antonio Hernandez Romo, 57, and remains in custody in lieu of $300,000 bond. The autopsy, performed at American Forensics in Mesquite, revealed that Romo died of a single gunshot wound to the left side of the “upper” head.

Miles Police Chief Quentin Watkins reported Thursday that now investigators are awaiting the outcome of the forensics investigation, which includes the DNA evidence. All of the evidence, was sent to the Department of Public Safety Crime Lab in Austin.

“We are waiting for the DNA and forensic evidence to be processed,” Watkins explained. “It takes time – we have no time frame as to when it will be complete.”

Watkins was first on the scene that day at a residence in the 800 block of Thomas Street in Miles. Watkins said the first call came through from Peiser’s mother-in-law, who reported someone had been shot.

“I was only a few blocks away when the incident was reported,” Watkins said. “Miles is a small place and luckily I was close by that day.”

After he arrived, units from the Runnels County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the residence.

“I confronted Tommy immediately,” Watkins said, adding that he had known Peiser for some time.

“We have responded to several domestic (disturbance) calls at that residence,” Watkins said.

Peiser had reportedly left the residence before Watkins arrived and had returned, reports show.

Runnels County Sheriff Carl Squyres said then the investigators began to collect evidence.

“Evidence was quickly located in and around the residence which indicated an altercation had occurred and someone was, at the very least, severely injured, Squyres said in news release. “However, no one else was found at the residence.”

Witnesses told investigators Peiser left and reportedly returned a short time later. When confronted, Peiser was reportedly uncooperative with investigators at the scene.

Squyres said the location where Romo was actually shot was unclear, but his body was located by a member of the Miles VFD in a field near FM 2333 and County Road 392 at 5:35 p.m.

The Texas Rangers were dispatched to assist and both crime scenes were secured until the Rangers arrived and began processing the locations for evidence. Meanwhile, Peiser had been detained and was already in custody at the Runnels County Jail.

Watkins said that all of the agencies who were on the scene were very helpful with the case.

“We work well together and we back each other up,” Watkins said.

After the evidence is officially processed the case will be presented to the grand jury.