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Suspect who allegedly tried to dispose dead body into Nueces River charged with Murder

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Posted at 5:58 PM, Dec 27, 2021

The San Patricio County Sheriff's Office has filed Murder charges against a suspect involved in the death of a 42-year-old man from Mathis who was found dead in his car on December 22, 2021.

San Patricio County Sheriff Oscar Rivera said in a Facebook post that on the night of the alleged murder, their office received a call from a man stating that 29-year-old Enrique Ayala Hernandez had shot 42-year-old Michael Espinosa in Espinosa's Camaro. The caller told officers that Hernandez then moved Espinosa's body and drove the car to a wooded area in Jim Wells County on CR 362.

A second report then came into the Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Office stating that someone was trying to dispose of a car down the end of CR362 into the Nueces River.

Jim Wells deputies were able to find the Camaro with Espinosa's dead body inside, and a witness told them they saw Hernandez leave the scene.

Hernandez was detained that night on a separate Parole Violation.

He is being charged with Murder, along with Tampering with Evidence, and Tampering with the Corps. His bond is set at $650,000.

San Patricio County authorities are investigating after a 42-year-old man from Mathis was found dead last week.

According to San Patricio County Sheriff Oscar Rivera, the victim, Michael Espinoza, was found dead in his car on a Jim Wells County road as the suspects allegedly unsuccessfully attempted to roll the car into the Nueces River.

One suspect is in custody on an unrelated charge.

San Patricio County Sheriff's Investigators and the Texas Rangers are processing the victim's car for evidence as part of the investigation.

This is a developing story. We'll keep you updated as more information becomes available.