Trial begins for murder of McAllen veteran

A capital murder trial is under way for one of seven individuals allegedly involved in the murder of a Korean War veteran.

Miguel Elias Gomez, 19, is accused of robbing and beating Miguel Cahue, 76, to death along with with two other men and four teenagers back in August of 2008.

Homicide investigators with the McAllen Police Department said suspects went into Cahue's home, tied him up with duct tape and physically assaulted him.

According to authorities, he died of blunt trauma to the head.

During the murder trial, prosecutors read a statement Gomez provided to investigators implicating himself as the one who used duct tape to tie down the victim.

Gomez also reportedly told authorities he held him down while the other suspects stole Cahue's laptop computer, a digital camera, a DVD player and other items.

McAllen Police lead investigator, Ralph Ramirez, took the stand and testified on Wednesday.

He told jurors he found several stolen items at Gomez' home that linked the group to the crime.

Back in August of 2008, investigators found Miguel Cahue's body at his La Vista Mobile Home Park trailer.

They also found blood stains in the living room carpet, and it appeared that Cahue's body had been dragged to his bedroom floor, where he was found.

According to witnesses who testified on Wednesday, they claim the group only wanted cash from the Cahue, a military Veteran, but things somehow went wrong.

Testimony continues in this trial on Thursday.