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Suspect in local murder makes court appearance

Posted at 1:01 PM, Jan 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-08 18:55:17-05


A woman accused in the shooting death of another woman at a local home was back in court this morning.

Thelma Villarreal is charged with killing 21-year-old Alexandra Winfree at a home on the 400 block of Homecrest Street on Dec. 30.

During a brief hearing today, Villarreal told Judge Missy Medary that her attorney had backed out of the case just this morning.

Villarreal also said that another attorney she had been speaking to also refused to represent her because of a lack of funds, prompting the judge to give Villarreal a court appointed attorney.

Villarreal is being held a the Nueces County Jail on a $1 million bond.