Man, woman charged with murder of 19-year-old, Mercedes police says

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MERCEDES, Texas (KVEO) — The Mercedes Police Department is investigating a homicide incident where a 19-year-old woman was left dead.

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A woman, identified as Esmeralda Chapa,36, and a man, identified Guadalupe Ybarra Jr, 37, are in custody at the Weslaco City Jail.

Both of them are accused of killing 19-year-old Ruth Esmeralda Olvera.

Credit: Mercedes Police Department

Chapa and Ybarra were arrested Sunday in the city of Brownsville, according to Mercedes police.

Mercedes police said the motive may have been based on a jealous act.

Officers responded to 2101 W Expressway for a welfare concern at 8 p.m. on Saturday and located Olvera at the scene with an apparent gunshot wound.

Police said Ybarra is Olvera’s stepfather.

Chapa and Ybarra are charged with first degree murder facing a 5 to 99 year life sentenced.

They both remain in jail on a million dollar bond.

Police encourages the community to report any act of domestic violence to 956-565-3102.

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