Murder suspect Rene Adan Villagran, 23, signals a peace sign with his handcuffed hand as he was escorted by deputies to the county jail Friday.
He was arrested and charged with the April 8, 2014 fatal shooting of 33-year-old Erica Gonzalez in Rancho Alegre on the 1500 block of Elvira Street.
“When we took over, we developed a team with assistance of the Texas Ranger, who played an important role. We will continue to serve the residents of Jim Wells the best of our ability,” said Sheriff Daniel Bueno.
This is one of several cold cases the sheriff's department team is working on.
“This is a big case for us,” said Chief Deputy Lee Ramon. “We're glad that this one we solved.”
On April 8, 2014, the Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Department received a call about the shooting just before 11 p.m. and found Erica Gonzalez, 33, with a gunshot wound to the head.
Gonzalez was transported by HALO Flight to CHRISTUS Spohn Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi, where she was declared brain dead. She was placed on life-support and the family decided they wanted to donate her organs.
Villagran's bond was set at $250,000 by Precinct 6 Justice of Peace Kino Rodriguez for the murder charge.
This was the first murder of 2014 for Jim Wells County.
“We sympathize with the family's loss,” Bueno said. “I think this will have closure to some extent that we have made an arrest and someone will pay for the crime.”