Man accused of killing his wife during domestic dispute pleads guilty

Alvaro Mata (Source: Cameron County Sheriff's Office)

**EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect the correct sentencing date for Mata. It was previously reported that sentencing would take place on January 28, however, the sentencing will take place on February 28.**

The man accused of killing his wife in Cameron County has pled guilty to murder charges.

Alvaro Mata, Jr. entered the plea during a court appearance on Tuesday morning.

Back in November of 2017, Mata was arrested and accused of killing his wife, Jessica Cortina, who was a teacher at Wilson Elementary.

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.

Cortina's 17-year-old son told deputies that he called 911 because his father was trying to kill his mother, Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said when the incident occurred.

Sentencing for Mata will take place on February 28.

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