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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 10:44 pm

SAN BENITO — A San Benito man was indicted Wednesday by a Cameron County grand jury on two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of his estranged wife and her male friend, authorities said.

Mario Gonzalez, 46, was charged with the deaths of Lorena Gonzalez, 42, and Homero De Los Santos, 38, identified as a male friend, both of San Benito, according to a District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman.

He remains at large.

The DA’s office said in press release that Lorena Gonzalez and De Los Santos were last seen on June 17. Their bodies were found June 20 by the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department acting on a tip to the Texas Rangers.

The bodies were found in a bathtub at a house in the 23000 block of West Highway 281. The bodies had been stabbed numerous times, and De Los Santos sustained blunt force trauma to the head, officials said.

According to the San Benito Police Department, Lorena Gonzalez filed multiple reports between April 22 and May 30, against her estranged husband.

Det. Rogelio Banda said the couple was involved in divorce and child custody proceedings.

On April 22, Banda said, Lorena Gonzalez filed an assault report and a stalking report; on April 29 she filed a report of a violation of protective order; on April 30 she filed a second violation of protective order report; and on May 30 she filed a report of harassment. All the police reports named her estranged husband, police said.

In November 2012, Mario Gonzalez pleaded guilty and was convicted of making a terroristic threat and was sentenced to 120 days in jail, according to court documents.

He failed to appear in court on July 2 on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon committed against Lorena Gonzalez, and a warrant was then issued for his arrest, the DA’s office said.

Anyone with information about Mario Gonzalez’s whereabouts is asked to call the District Attorney’s Office at 956-544-0849.

jmendoza@valleystar.com

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