RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas – A drug was is allegedly to blame for the death of a Rio Grande City teen.
Jose Luis Garcia Jr. is accused of killing the teen and revealed during his testimony that he and the victim’s family are long-time rivals.
Garcia is heard telling an investigator in a recording that he killed Olivarez because he threatened to kill his family.
Chayse Olivarez’s family and the jury saw pictures of what are believed to be Olivarez’s remains. The pictures show a skull with two gunshot wounds.
On Thursday, prosecutors played a video where José Luis Garcia Jr. the alleged suspect, tells an investigator that he shot Olivarez two to three times before his accomplice chopped him up and burned Olivarez’s body.
Evidence presented in the courtroom revealed that Olivarez’s remains were found in three trash bags.
An investigator testified that there is a drug trafficker rivalry between both Garcia and Olivarez’s father’s, which Garcia claims sparked this homicide.
During a taped interview at the crime scene, Garcia is heard telling Lopez he would be in danger if anyone knew he was being investigated for Olivarez’s murder. Olivarez called Rio Grande City a dangerous city with bad people.
Garcia is facing capital murder and tampering with physical evidence charges in connection to Olivarez’s death.
The trial will resume on Tuesday.