New details emerge from Texas Rangers' report of Rio Grande City teen death investigation
Correction: According to documents, a 16-year-old confessed he was paid $10,000 to lure the victim into an abandoned house. A 17-year-old is accused of shooting the victim.
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CBS 4 News has learned more about the gruesome death of 17-year-old Chayse Olivarez, a Rio Grande City teen whose death has resulted in bribery charges in Starr County.
According to a copy of a Texas Rangers’ report, Olivarez was lured into an abandoned house by an acquaintance, a 16-year-old resident of Roma, under the pretense they were going to smoke marijuana. There, a 17-year-old reportedly shot Olivarez. The 16-year-old confessed to Texas Rangers that he was paid $10,000 to lure the victim into an abandoned house, according to the documents. Other suspects attempted to dispose of Olivarez’s body by burning it in a burn pit, but they later removed the body and abandoned it in a nearby wooded area.
An autopsy revealed that Olivarez had two exit wounds on the skull. His body was identified through dental remains. Texas Rangers and the DPS dive team recovered two firearms, one of which is believed to be related to the investigation. The report says the incident was drug related.
Two of the suspects, Jose Luis Garcia Jr. and Salvador Martinez, have been indicted by a grand jury. Garcia Jr. is facing counts of murder, tampering with physical evidence and tampering with a human corpse.
Martinez is charged with tampering with a human corpse.
Neither Garcia or Martinez have a court hearing scheduled after State District Judge Jose Luis Garza, who was presiding over the cases, filed a voluntary order of recusal following a bribery attempt, as CBS 4 News previously reported.
The Starr County Court Administrator has not appointed a judge to preside over the case as of Monday, but the 229th District Attorney’s Office says they anticipate that will happen by Christmas.
A transfer hearing started last week for one of the juvenile suspects to determine if he should be charged as an adult. The over juvenile is also pending a transfer hearing.