No bond set for third suspect arrested in connection with man’s shooting death

Docs: Victim bound, shot in face, left in rural orchard

UPDATE: 2:54 p.m.

No bond was set for Alfredo “Freddy” Huerta after he was arraigned Thursday in connection with the death of Fernando Garza, whose body was found in an orchard in rural Edinburg on Saturday.

Two others have been charged in connection with the death.

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EDINBURG — A third man has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a man who was living in Mission.

Deputies with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office booked Alfredo “Freddy” Huerta on Wednesday evening in connection with the shooting death of Fernando Garza after he was picked up by authorities on a fugitive warrant out of Jefferson County.

Garza, 23, was found dead in an orchard in rural Edinburg on Saturday — days after the man’s mother reported him missing.

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A day before Garza’s body was discovered, his Dodge Durango was found abandoned and charred.

Photo by Joel Martinez/jmartinez@themonitor.com

Just Monday, Edna Rivera, 28, of Mission, and Julio Cesar Deleon, 25, of Peñitas, were arrested and formally arraigned on capital murder charges before a county justice of the peace.

They’re currently both being held on significant bonds — DeLeon on a $137,000 bond and Rivera on a $90,000 bond.

Huerta, 19, of Mission has not yet been formally arraigned.

A call to the sheriff’s office for information regarding the arrest went unanswered.

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