Homeowner, witness surrender following "self-defense" shooting

Jesus Geel

A Hidalgo County homeowner and a witness have surrendered following a "self-defense" shooting that left two gunmen dead.

Both Maximiliano Godinez and Rene Rivas Villarreal III surrendered at the Hidalgo County Jail on Tuesday night.

Godinez is facing an unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon charge while Villarreal is facing a tampering with evidence charge.

The two men are being investigated for a botched Sunday night home invasion that left Jesus Geel and an unidentified gunmen dead.

Geel and the other gunman allegedly came to Godinez's ranch north of Alamo where the two pretended they wanted to buy roosters and then drew handguns.

Godinez told deputies that he fired in self-defense but deputies learned that Godinez should not have had a gun because he has three previous drug arrests and served five years in prison.

Investigators reported that Villarreal has been arrested previously for misdemeanor drug charges.

Deputies said Geel had an extensive criminal record involving drugs and theft in addition to being deported at least one time.

Both Godinez and Villarreal were arraigned before a judge at the Hidalgo County Jail late Wednesday morning where they both got $200,000 dollar bonds.