Rio Grande City CISD employee charged with bribery

A Rio Grande City CISD employee has been charged after attempting to get a murder suspect's bond reduced, according to information released by Rio Grande City police Chief Noe Castillo.

Rio Grande City CISD employee Ricardo Lopez was charged with bribery, a second-degree felony, on Thursday.

Lopez is accused of attempting to bribe Rio Grande City commissioner, Hernan Garza, to reduce bond for 17-year-old Jose Luis Garcia Jr., one of four teens accused of participating in the murder of Chayse Olivarez. Hernan Garza is the brother of District Judge Jose Luis Garza — the judge who is overseeing Garcia's murder case, according to Castillo.

Hernan Garza, a peace officer himself, notified Rio Grande City police Chief Noe Castillo after Lopez allegedly attempted the bribery.

Starr County Special Crimes Unit arrested Lopez Wednesday night.

The alleged bribery comes weeks after a judge denied bond reduction for Garcia, as CBS 4 News previously reported.

The relationship between Lopez and Garcia remains unclear. The Rio Grande City Police Department and Starr County Special Crimes Unit continue to investigate the case.

Lopez has been released from custody and couldn't be reached for comment.

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