RUNNELS COUNTY – A Miles man has been indicted for murder and tampering with evidence by a Runnels County Grand Jury and his bond has been increased to $1 million.

RUNNELS COUNTY – A Miles man has been indicted for murder and tampering with evidence by a Runnels County Grand Jury and his bond has been increased to $1 million.

Thomas Gene Peiser, 42, was indicted for the Sept. 21 shooting death of Antonio Hernandez Romo, 57, also of Miles. 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.

The indictment alleges that Peiser murdered Romo and attempted to conceal the body by reportedly taking it to a field. The indictment also alleges he tried to do away with other blood evidence as well as clothing and the gun that was used. The indictment was filed Friday, Nov. 17.

The indictment was served by the Runnels County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, Nov. 27. Peiser is charged with murder in Count 1 of the indictment, Count 2, tampering/fabricating evidence with intent to impair a human corpse a second degree felony and Count 3 tampering/fabricate physical evidence with intent to impair, a third degree felony.

Bond was originally set at $300,000.

Miles Police Chief Quentin 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.

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.

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.