HCSO: 24-year-old arrested, charged with capital murder

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Saul Galindo (Source: Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office)

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information.

HIDALGO COUNTY, Texas (KVEO) — The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) has arrested a man in connection to a homicide investigation.

According to a release, Saul Galindo Rodriguez, 24, has been charged with capital murder for the death of Gerardo Gonzalez, 59.

Gonzalez’s body was found inside a vehicle in rural Mercedes on May 31.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Sheriff Eddie Guerra with the HCSO said Gonzalez was owner of a shop.

After Gonzalez did not come home that night, his wife called police and filled a welfare concern report.

Police went looking for Gonzalez at the shop and found a wooden bat with traces of blood, as well as a pool of blood on the ground outside.

The Major Crimes Unit and Crime Scene Specialists arrived to the scene and continued with the investigation.

Gonzalez was found dead in his vehicle, by officials, in the area of Mile 1 East and Mile 10 North of Mercedes.

During the autopsy, it was found Gonzalez died due to blunt force trauma to his head.

Rodriguez, who was formerly employed by Gonzalez, was seen by witnesses at the shop on the night Gonzalez was reported missing.

Rodriguez had tools that belonged in the shop, as well as money in his possession.

Sheriff Guerra says Gonzale’z wife told officers Rodriguez arrived to her house the next day admitting that he had killed “someone.”

Saul Galindo Rodriguez Arraignment

After his arrest, Rodriguez provided a voluntary statement of accused where he admitted to striking Gonzalez on the head with a baseball bat after they had an argument over money.

Officials say they are still looking for information regarding an additional person that may be involved in the case.

It is believed that Rodriguez could not place Gonzalez’s body in the vehicle without help from another person.

“Other evidence inside the vehicle, we believe tells us there was another person involved” said Sheriff Guerra.

If you have any information, you are urged to please call the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s office at 956-383-8114

Saul Galindo Rodriguez Arraignment

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call the Crimes Stoppers hotline at 956-668-8477

Rodriguez remains in custody without bond.

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