Veronica Muniz is sitting in the Harris County Jail charged with capital murder. She's sitting there and staying there. Because it's a capital murder charge, she can't be released on bond.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office homicide unit also charged brothers Richard and Marcelino Osuna with capital murder, but the two men remain at large. They are accused of killing Jesus Leal Valdez who was reported missing New Year's Eve.
Deputies found his body encased in cement and buried under a chicken coop on Saturday. His relatives say this whole experience has been torture for them.
"The days have been endless for everyone, especially my sister and her kids," said Mayra Salazar, Valdez's sister-in-law.
Police in Texas City tried to arrest another suspect in his murder on Wednesday. He and Muniz had barricaded themselves in an apartment unit. She surrendered after a three-hour standoff. Officers found him inside the unit hanging in a closet. First responders tried to revive him, but it was too late. He was later identified as Steven Osuna, 29.
How did everybody know each other? They probably didn't, at least according to his relatives. Valdez sold cars out of a lot at Shaver and Broadway. They say he was called to meet someone to show them a car. They never saw him again.
Their theory may be correct. Deputies say robbery was the motive.
Muniz's image was captured on surveillance video using Valdez's debit card.
The family has many questions, among them, did they plan on killing Valdez all along? Or did the situation escalate when they tried to rob him? Nagging questions as they search for closure.
"I think it's going to take time. I think right now for her and the kids time is going to be our best friend," said Salazar.
Capturing the Osuna brothers would help their healing process along. Anyone with information about the Osuna brothers are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers of Houston by phone at 713-222-8477 (TIPS).