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Judge sets bail at $10 million for husband accused of murdering elementary school teacher

Associate District Judge Louis Sorola set bail at $10 billion for Alvaro Mata Jr., 39, of San Benito. (Photo courtesy of the Cameron County Sheriff's Office)

A judge set bail at $10 million on Wednesday morning for the San Benito man accused of murdering his wife.

Associate District Judge Louis Sorola set bail at $10 million for Alvaro Mata Jr., 39, of San Benito.

Mata is charged with murder, a first-degree felony. Investigators believe Mata shot his wife, 36-year-old Jessica Cortina, in the chest during a domestic dispute on Tuesday morning.

As CBS 4 News previously reported:

Investigators arrested the husband of a Harlingen elementary school teacher Tuesday — hours after he killed her, according to Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio.
Investigators arrested 39-year-old Alvaro Mata Jr. on Tuesday morning, according to the Sheriff's Office. Mata is accused of killing his wife, 36-year-old Jessica Cortina, a teacher at Wilson elementary, during a domestic dispute.
The Cameron County Sheriff's Office received a call shortly after midnight about a domestic dispute at a home near San Benito. When deputies arrived at the home, they found a woman dead, Lucio said. She suffered a gunshot wound to the chest.

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