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    “Two women, one man arrested after charred body found in Juarez “


    Two women and one man, all related, were arrested after they allegedly killed and set a man on fire Monday.

    The suspects tried to cover up the homicide as an execution-style killing linked to organized crime in Juarez, state prosecutors said Wednesday.

    The burned body of Juan Antonio Vera Velez, 25, was found at a vacant lot on Cerro de la Mina and Cienega Street in the Valle de los Olivos neighborhood, a Chihuahua attorney general’s spokesman said in a statement.

    According to state investigators, Vera Velez’s brother-in-law, Luis Alberto Muniz Herrera, 28, got into a fight with the victim, authorities said.

    Muniz Herrera was upset with Vera Velez after he allegedly beat Brenda Margarita Muniz Herrera, 30, Muniz Herrera¹s

    sister, officials said.

    With the aid of his sister and his wife, Griselda Najera Enriquez, 33, whom he allegedly threatened to keep mum about the murder, Luis Alberto Muniz Herrera carried the body, put it in a wheelbarrow and tossed the body into a vacant lot.

    Luis Alberto Muniz Herrera and Brenda Margarita Muniz Herrera poured gasoline over the body and set it on fire while Najera Enriquez watched nearby.

    Brenda Margarita Muniz Herrera alleged that the deceased was her common-law husband and he used to be violent toward her and was a heavy drinker, officials said.

    Last Saturday, Brenda Margarita told police that Vera Velez threw a beer glass at her and it injured her, so she fled to her brother’s home.

    She also claimed that

    her common-law husband showed up at her brother’s house to speak with her, but Luis Alberto Muniz Herrera decided to punish his brother-in-law for hitting his sister.

    All three suspects face charges of aggravated homicide.

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