$1 million bond for woman charged with murder in Weslaco shooting death

Updated at 3:22 p.m.

A Weslaco woman was arraigned on a murder charge Sunday in connection with the shooting death of a man authorities originally described as a burglary of a habitation suspect who had been shot by the homeowner.

Hidalgo County Jail records show Emma Gracia, who appeared for the arraignment in a wheelchair, was booked Sunday on a murder charge. Justice of the Peace Jerry Muñoz set Gracia’s bond at $1 million.

The arraignment was held inside the Hidalgo County Detention Center, according to Sgt. Francisco Medrano, public information officer for the sheriff’s office. Medrano also confirmed that Sheriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra will be on-hand for a news conference to provide more details in the case.

Guerra had taken to Twitter on Saturday to report the incident, stating initially that a person suspected of burglary of a habitation had been shot early that morning by a homeowner in the 1300 block of 25th Street.

The sheriff later identified the person who was shot as 24-year-old Eduardo Mendoza of Weslaco, who Guerra said had succumbed to his injuries after undergoing surgery at a local hospital.

Aside from the sheriff’s office leading the investigation and witnesses being interviewed Saturday, little more was shared about the incident as the circumstances of the shooting remain unclear.

Check back for updates to this developing story.

Editor’s note: This story was updated to correct the name of the individual charged with murder, which was originally reported by the sheriff’s office under another spelling.

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