Trial date for Mercedes murder suspect postponed

6 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago Tuesday, January 11 2022 Jan 11, 2022 January 11, 2022 1:25 PM January 11, 2022 in News - Local

The murder trial for a man accused of killing a Weslaco teenager last year was postponed.

Guadalupe Ybarra Jr. – and his accused accomplice - will be due back in court next month for a hearing.

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Ybarra Jr. and Esmeralda Chapa were arrested April 2021 in connection to the death of Ruth Esmeralda Olvera.

Mercedes police found Olvera's body inside a vehicle on the 2100 block of West Expressway 83. Olvera suffered an apparent single gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene, police say.

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At the time of his arrest, Mercedes Police Chief Jose Macias said jealously may have been a motive. Mercedes police also arrested Esmeralda Chapa of Brownsville for her alleged involvement in the murder.

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