Man accused of murdering cousin now in police custody

Local News
February 07 2021 06:00 pm

EDINBURG, Texas – The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 32-year-old Manuel Martinez III for the Murder of 54-year-old Reynaldo Menchaca Villarreal.

On Saturday, March 14, 2020, at about 11:54 p.m., the sheriff’s office responded east of Victoria Road on Walker Road in rural Donna, Texas to assist the Weslaco Police Department in locating Manuel Martinez III.

The Weslaco Police Department reported locating 54-year-old, Reynaldo Villarreal in the area of Westgate and 18th Street after he was involved in an accident. Officers found Villarreal was bleeding from multiple stab wounds, which he indicated were caused by his cousin Manuel Martinez. Villarreal was transported to Knapp Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased by Justice of Peace Gilberto Saenz. 

Sheriff’s Deputies located Martinez standing outside his residence with cuts on his hands and blood on his boots. Deputies also located large amounts of blood which indicated the incident occurred at the residence. 

The Major Crimes Unit and Crime Scene Specialists responded to the area to continue the investigation and process the scene for evidence. Martinez provided investigators with a voluntary statement of accused where he confesses to stabbing Villarreal during a dispute.

The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office urges the public to contact them at 956-383-8114.  If you wish to remain anonymous, you may call the Hidalgo County Crime Stoppers Hotline at 956-668-TIPS (8477). You can also submit an anonymous tip through the smartphone application “P3 TIPS”.

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