Emmanuel Alvarado

A 23-year-old Mercedes man is being charged with murder for the shooting death of his older brother even though he didn’t pull the trigger.

Noel Alvarado received a $1 million bond Wednesday afternoon on a charge of murder for killing 32-year-old Emmanuel Alvarado, whose brother drove him to the hospital where he died.

Noel, Emmanuel and 30-year-old Isidro Rubiel Juarez, who were armed, entered 26-year-old Jonathan Gonzalez’s rural home north of Weslaco on Tuesday in an attempt to rob the man of money and drugs, the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

“Gonzalez claims he was able to disarm one of the men and shoot him,” the news release stated.

Authorities discovered bullet holes and blood inside the residence.

Investigators said Noel is being charged with murder because of his involvement in the robbery, which led to Emmanuel’s death.

Gonzalez received a total of $40,000 in bonds Wednesday on charges of failure to report a felony resulting in death and tampering with physical evidence.

Jonathan Gonzalez walks into the courtroom during his arraignment in the shooting death of Emmanuel Alvarado at the Hidalgo County Detention Center on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, in the Edinburg. (Joel Martinez | jmartinez@themonitor.com)

He was arraigned right before Noel.

As Noel was led before the judge, be broke down crying, saying he entered the house with his brother but did not shoot his brother.

He turned to the television cameras and said he just wanted to say what happened.

According to sheriff’s investigators, Noel dropped off Juarez, who authorities say organized the robbery, in the area of FM 88 and Mile 11 North before Noel drove Emmanuel to the hospital.

The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office has a murder warrant for Juarez, who investigators say should be considered armed and dangerous.

Isidro Juarez

Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra said his investigators believe Juarez is in the Indian Hills area.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the case to call the sheriff’s office at (956) 383-8114 or to submit an anonymous tip through the Hidalgo County Crime Stoppers Hotline at (956) 668-TIPS (8477).

Anonymous tips can also be submitted through the smartphone application “P3 TIPS.”