Suspect arraigned in connection with Donna teen’s death

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EDINBURG, Texas – New details in the murder investigation of a Donna teen. Sources confirming to Local 23, the murder suspect is the city of Alamo’s fire chief’s son. He was formally arraigned this afternoon. Authorities say a money dispute may be to blame for the deadly shooting.

Authorities say the suspect and victim were friends. It’s unclear who owed who money. Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra says both were involved in criminal activity.

“In the course of this investigation we did learn that he is a bully type of person and some people are very afraid of him.”

The sheriff referring to 17-year-old Carlos Julian Contreras. He is charged with murder in connection to the death of 19-year-old Genaro Isaiah Castillo.

“Carlos [Contreras] provided a voluntary statement of accuse where he admitted to picking up the victim in his truck and driving to Donna Lakes.”

Tuesday night, Castillo’s body was found by a farm worker in a sugar cane field. Castillo died as a result of gunshot wounds to his head, torso, and legs according to investigators.

“In the immediate area of the crime scene, investigators were able to locate tire cracks indicating a vehicle had just left the location and multiple .40 caliber bullet casings.”

On Wednesday, Contreras was arrested.

“He was located inside his white Ford truck. Investigators observed a napkin with some blood stains and multiple bullet casings in the truck.” said the sheriff.

Contreras’s bond has been set at a million dollars. Despite his attorney asking for a bond reduction claiming he’s a great student, that bond was denied. Authorities believe Contreras is the only suspect in this homicide, but asks any witnesses with more information, to come forward.

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