Court case offers new details into murder of singer Chuy Quintanilla

Drug trafficker Tomas Gonzalez said Quintanilla was a close personal friend

Spanish-language singer Chuy Quintanilla was known for his narco-corridos or drug trafficker ballads on both sides of the border.

His April 2013 murder remains unsolved but courtroom testimony reveals he once witnessed a drug trafficker bribe ex-Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevio.

Quintanilla's murder came up during courtroom discussions inside McAllen TMs federal courthouse on Thursday morning.

Former sheriff's Commander Joe Padilla and Weslaco-based drug trafficker Tomas "El Gallo" Gonzalez both appeared for sentencing before U.S. District Court Judge Randy Crane.

The two were among eight men sent to prison in a federal drug case but Judge Crane asked them about the murder of Quintanilla, who once witnessed Gonzalez bribe ex-sheriff Trevio.

Gonzalez told a federal judge that Quintanilla was a close personal friend and that they used to go horseback riding together among other activities.

The Weslaco-based drug trafficker told Judge Crane that he used the singer as his original middleman with Sheriff Trevio.

Quintanilla reportedly delivered $100,000 dollars in bribe money to the sheriff.

The singer was replaced as a middleman by Hargill drug trafficker Julio Armando Davila, who was living with Hidalgo County District Attorney TMs Office investigator Aida Palacios.

But Padilla told Judge Crane that the sheriff wanted him to take over the role of middleman with Gonzalez.

Quintanilla was murdered north of Palmview back in April 2013.

Sheriff Trevio told Action 4 News at the time that his deputies were handling the investigation but had few clues and no suspects.

Federal agents arrested Gonzalez on drug charges about four months after the murder.

Trevio was sentenced back in July to five years in federal prison for laundering money that he received from Gonzalez.

Action 4 News spoke to Hidalgo County Sheriff TMs Office on Thursday about Quintanilla TMs murder.

Investigators said the case remains unsolved.

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