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Just In: Woman Murdered, Drowned Husband
A Texas woman faces a murder charge after confessing to police that she drowned her husband, according to police.
The Denton Police Department and Denton Fire Rescue were dispatched to a drowning call in the 1700 block of Spencer Road on Tuesday about 3 p.m.
Police arrested Dora Alvarez Maldonado, 44, for alleged murder later that day.
The 911 caller reported seeing a woman holding a possibly deceased male in a creek between Shady Oaks Drive and Spencer Road, according to a police press release.
The Denton Fire personnel pronounced the male deceased at the scene. The victim’s identity has not yet been released by authorities.
He will be named following an official identification by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office and after his next of kin has been notified.
Alvarez Maldonado initially told officers that an unknown male was involved in the drowning of her husband, police said; however, she later told investigators that this male did not exist and she had drowned her husband herself.
She is currently in the City of Denton Jail with a bail set at $500,000
Newsweek has contacted the Denton Police Department for comment.
First-degree murder charges in Texas can carry an eventual sentence of anywhere between five and 99 years in prison. Courts can also choose to level a maximum fine of $10,000.
Police and Fire Rescue responded to reports of gunshots at a home in Odessa, Texas, at around 6:20 p.m. local time on June 18.
Once there, they found a male victim, 58-year-old Joe Abril, with numerous gunshot wounds, including multiple to his chest and one to the back of his head. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment but soon succumbed to his injuries.
Abril’s wife, 37-year-old Stephanie Tuell was found in the front yard when police arrived on the scene.
She was later arrested and booked at the Ector County Law Enforcement Center and received a charge of first-degree murder for knowingly and intentionally killing her husband.
Speaking about the incident, Tuell said she had killed her husband in order to protect her children. “I wish I was sorry but I’m not. No one messes with my kids,” she said while being arrested.
Among couple types—with at least 50,000 couples—annual rates of male-on-female spousal homicide ranged from 0.95 to 8.76 per 100,000 couples,” according to a 2015 paper entitled U.S. spousal homicide rates by racial composition of marriage.
For female-on-male spousal homicide, this range was 0.13 to 2.29.