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      Murder victim spoke with deputies minutes before fatal beating

      Farrah Lynn Villalobos

      A Hidalgo County woman who died at the hands of her husband and brother-in-law spoke to deputies minutes before the fatal beating.

      Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevio revealed that murder victim Farrah Lynn Villalobos had spoken to one of his deputies just before the fatal February 19th incident.

      Farrah Lynn died after being in a coma for about week.

      Her husband Pedro Villalobos and his brother Daniel Villalobos accused Farrah Lynn of infidelity. They both remain jailed for her death.

      Sheriff Trevio revealed on Wednesday morning that deputies had been sent to investigate a domestic disturbance call at the couple's home on Saltillo Circle just outside Weslaco.

      Outside their mobile home, a deputy spoke with a woman identified as Farrah Lynn, who at least three times denied anything was wrong.

      Investigators later learned that Farrah Lynn had gotten into an argument with Pedro and that he threw her purse in the front yard.

      Farrah Lynn was picking up the items for her purse when the deputy arrived.

      Sheriff Trevio said the incident illustrates Farrah Lynn's reluctance to report or hold her husband accountable for his physical abuse of her.

      "We are counting on our 13 newly hired deputies that will be trained as Domestic Abuse Intervention Specialist to prevent incidents such as this one," Trevio said in a statement released Wednesday.

      Press Release Supplement to the Villalobos Homicide Investigation

      March 2, 2011, 6AM

      In response to media request to search for other calls of assistance at 2010 Saltillo, the HCSO system showed that no other calls for assistance had been received at that particular address in 2011.

      After another media outlet request for the same information, a database search was conducted for calls of assistance on Saltillo Street. The search yielded that on Saturday the 19th of Feb. 2011, HCSO deputies responded to a disturbance on Saltillo Street at approximately 7:20a.m and arrived at the location 5 minutes later.

      Deputies written report indicated that they were unable to locate any type of disturbance. Without the benefit of a specific address or identity of the caller deputies were unable to conduct any further follow up investigation.

      During this call, deputies did contact a Hispanic female that appeared to be picking up items off the ground in the front yard of 2010 Saltillo Street.

      Deputies asked the female if she had any knowledge of any type of disturbance or fight in the immediate area. Her response was negative.

      The question was asked at least 2 more times and her response was the same. The female appeared to become agitated with the repeated question. The deputies noted in their report that the female did not show any signs of physical abuse nor complained of any. The female was wearing a sleeveless light green shirt and red shorts. The deputies then left the area.

      The female questioned was later identified as the homiciThis primary report illustrates the reluctance of the homicide victim to report or hold her husband accountable for his physical abuse of her. We are counting on our 13 newly hired deputies that will be trained as Domestic Abuse Intervention Specialist to prevent incidents such as this one. de victim. After deputies left, the female enters the mobile home where she resided and received the fatal beating.

      A neighbor witness and the homicide suspect (husband Pedro) advised investigators that the homicide victim was contacted by HCSO deputies out in the front yard. Homicide suspect (husband) confessed that he had thrown the victims purse out in the front yard and that she was picking up her belongings when deputies made contact with her.

      Homicide suspect (husband Pedro) confessed that he beat the victim when she came back inside the residence. Reports that homicide suspect (brother Daniel) girl friend had posed as the victim are untrue.

      This primary report illustrates the reluctance of the homicide victim to report or hold her husband accountable for his physical abuse of her. We are counting on our 13 newly hired deputies that will be trained as Domestic Abuse Intervention Specialist to prevent incidents such as this one.

      As Sheriff of Hidalgo County, I have always strived to be as accurate and transparent as possible. I regret any inconvenience my first report might have caused.

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