Molly Smith

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Molly Smith covers public safety and the Hidalgo County District Courthouse for The Monitor. She can be reached at msmith@themonitor.com or (956) 683-4437.

Man gets 25 years for manslaughter

EDINBURG — Before a jury sentenced a young man convicted of manslaughter, aggravated assault and deadly conduct to 25 years in prison Friday, he...

Decision delayed on adult status of teen charged in Starr County murder

RIO GRANDE CITY — A 16-year-old waiting to learn whether or not he will be moved to adult criminal court to stand trial for...

Verdict reached in murder case that ended in mistrial last summer

EDINBURG — Six months after a mistrial was declared in the 2015 shooting death of a Brownsville teen, jurors found a 25-year-old suspect in...

Possible motive emerges in case of murdered RGC teen

RIO GRANDE CITY — Marijuana brownies and $67 worth of Xanax pills may have been the motive in the murder of local teen Chayse...

Interim Precinct 5 officials appointed

EDINBURG — County commissioners appointed an interim justice of the peace and constable for Precinct 5 on Tuesday after soliciting applications for the positions...

John Feit transferred to TDCJ prison

The former priest convicted of a local schoolteacher’s 1960 murder was transferred from the Hidalgo County jail Monday morning to the Texas Department of...

La Joya city manager fires police chief

LA JOYA — The city’s police chief was terminated Friday via correspondence from City Manager Mike Alaniz.Former Chief Ramon Gonzalez, a 10-year veteran of...

Judge in Chayse Olivarez murder case recuses himself

RIO GRANDE CITY — A judge who found himself the target of a bribery attempt has recused himself from a murder case that has...

13th Court of Appeals races set

Hidalgo County voters will join 19 other counties in deciding the 13th Court of Appeals races in the March primary, according to information from...