State Seeking Death Penalty for 2015 Murder

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Jury selection begins for the man accused of fatally shooting two women over an alleged drug dispute back in 2015.

25-year-old Guadalupe Vela faces two counts of Capital Murder. The state continues seeking the death penalty, while Vela’s attorney seeks a deal with the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office.

Vela is accused in the murder of 20-year-old Yvette Garza and Natalie Hernandez, also 20. The deaths occurred in December 2015 in Palmview. When authorities located the bodies, they both had gunshot wounds to the head. According to authorities, one of them had packages of cocaine strapped to her body leading investigators to believe their deaths were over a drug dispute.

This morning Vela faced Judge Marla Cuellar in the 275th District Court.

Guadalupe Vela’s mother, sister, and girlfriend were all charged with filing a false report and hindering the apprehension of a felon. All three waited outside the courtroom and were emotional while speaking to his attorney. The trial is expected to begin on April 29.

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