New Jersey woman accused of killing her wife with wine chiller busted in Texas
Texas police busted a New Jersey woman accused of killing her wife with a wine chiller.
48-year-old Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus was found in Houston on Monday, according to the ocean County Prosecutor Office.
“It is extremely satisfying when law enforcement works together and we are able to get a dangerous person like Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus into custody,” prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said.
As authorities say Gavilanez-Alectus took a bus to escape to the Northeast from New York City but it wasn’t clear what her final destination was and whether Texas was her last stop. Authorities don’t exclude that she even planned to leave the country.
The body of Gavilanez-Alectus’ wife, 32-year-old Rebecca, was found by police in the bedroom of their home in Brick, New Jersey, officials said. Medic examiner said that she was slain by a “cylindrical container used for the purpose of chilling wine.”
Gavilanez-Alectus became a fugitive after police determined her as the only suspect. Now she is facing a murder charge, as well as two weapons offenses. She is being held at the Harris County Jail in Texas pending extradition to New Jersey.