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WESLACO, Texas (ValleyCentral) - An arrest warrant has been issued after a Rio Grande Valley woman accused of murder failed to appear in court. © Provided by KVEO Brownsville Woman accused of murder did not appear for court, records show
Emma Linda Gracia was arrested Jan. 19, 2020, on a charge of murder in connection to the fatal shooting of 24-year-old Eduardo Mendoza, according to Hidalgo County records.
On Jan. 18, 2020, deputies with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglary call at 25th Street after a homeowner said she shot a man, according to ValleyCentral archives,
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Gracia told authorities that her boyfriend was arguing with Mendoza and another man, and she fired a gun at Mendoza out of fear for her life. A news release by the sheriff’s office stated that Gracia shot the man with a .22 caliber rifle.
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After the shooting, Gracia called 911 and provided authorities with names and a vehicle description of Mendoza and the man that was with him. Weslaco police and Texas DPS troopers located the vehicle, conducted a traffic stop, and found that Mendoza had been shot once in the abdomen. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Investigators determined that the victim did not pose a threat and was outside of the property with his hands in the air at the time of the shooting, previous reports stated.
“Statements show that he was just in an argument,” Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra said. “He was actually standing out in the street, was not on the property and he actually when she picked up the rifle, Mr. Mendoza had his hands up in the air."
Footage shows Idaho cops break up party at murder house months earlier
Police broke up a party at the house where four University of Idaho students were murdered just two months before the slayings, newly-surfaced body camera footage reveals. Officers attended the house after a neighbor complained in September - but none of the students who actually lived there were home.Instead, officers were faced with a gathering of young people - some who didn't even know the occupants - having a noisy party.The footage, captured at around 9pm on September 1, shows an officer eventually managing to contact one of the murder victims, 21-year-old Maddie Mogen, on the phone.
Additionally, authorities stated that Gracia’s neighbors said she shot at another neighbor a month before the fatal shooting.
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Gracia was arrested and her bond was set at $1 million. Records show that an order of release was signed June 7, 2020, including a reduced personal recognizance bond set at $50,000. She was released from jail that same day.
According to records, Gracia was a no show to her pre-trial hearing that was held Nov. 14, 2022. A capias was issued for Gracia on Tuesday. Copyright 2022 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
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