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Border Patrol Agents, and Woman Who Sheltered Suspects Accused of Murder of Agent Testify

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - The jury heard from a witness who said two men came knocking on her door on the night of August 3, 2014 asking for assistance. 

The two men were Gustavo Tijerina-Sandoval and Ismael Hernandez-Vallejo, who would be accused of killing Javier Vega Jr., an off-duty border patrol agent. 

“Two individuals were hurt and in need of assistance,” Jessica Holloway told the court.

Holloway said she invited the men in because she is a caring person, and that Hernandez kept catering to his left side.

She let them shower, charge their phone, and they rested in her garage. 

The two men were at her house for about 2.5 hours.  

She didn’t see any weapons on them. 

She became concerned after hearing a helicopter and seeing it flash its light.

She then saw a border patrol unit and flagged it down.

Agents Luis Gudino and Rafael Guzman responded to her, who also testified in court today.

The agents were working in Falfurrias when they were instructed to respond to a shooting.

They verified who the suspects were and got Holloway and her family out of her house.

The suspects were then arrested by other law enforcement agencies.

Also taking the stand were two witnesses who saw the suspects driving the red SUV in Santa Monica where the shooting took place.

One witness, Irma Infante, said the men drove up to her mom’s house where she and her family were outside. 

Infante’s sister asked the men what they were doing.

They said they were looking for relatives. 

Another woman who testified in court, Mayra Ramirez, said she knew Sandoval for six months, and saw him and spoke to him the day of the shooting. 

Ramirez said Sandoval worked at a mechanic shop and called her twice the day of the shooting.

Both suspects went to her store around 1 P.M. and bought three “Bud Lights” (sic), and that Sandoval cooked at her store the day of the murder. 

When asked by the prosecutors if she could identify Sandoval in the courtroom, she was unable to twice, claiming she didn’t recognize him. 

Sandoval has pled not guilty to capital murder. 
 


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