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