HOUSTON – The Harris County Sheriff’s Office has charged three people with capital murder in connection with the stabbing death of a Pasadena man who was found buried in a shallow grave over the weekend.
Harris County investigators found the body of 41-year-old Jesus Leal Valdez buried two feet under a chicken coop near a home in the 5200 block of Mohawk Street on Jan 11. They searched the home after they received an anonymous call to 911.
Valdez’s family had reported him missing on Dec. 31. The father of three disappeared on New Year’s Eve after leaving out to show a woman the truck he was selling.
Investigators said Veronica Muniz, 27, was captured on surveillance cameras at several locations using Valdez’s debit card.
She was arrested Wednesday after a 2.5 hour SWAT standoff at an apartment complex in Texas City. Police said another suspect who was in the apartment hanged himself inside a closet. A spokesman for the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as Steven Amado Osuna, 29, of Houston, the Galveston Daily News reported.
Muniz was booked into the Harris County jail on capital murder charges. No bond has been set.
As she appeared before a judge Thursday morning more details were revealed about the crime. A prosecutor said Muniz admitted that she called Valdez from her cell phone and asked to meet him for the sale of a car, knowing that was not the true purpose. After the pair met, Valdez was beaten, stabbed to death and robbed of $300. Then he was buried and his vehicle was cut into pieces with a blow torch.
A pair of brothers suspected of being involved in the killing of Valdez are also charged with capital murder. Marcelino Osuna, 25, and 30-year-old Richard Osuna surrendered on Thursday evening, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said.