Tire shop owner charged in Mercedes homicide

EDINBURG — A tire shop owner has been accused of killing a Progreso man who came to the business to collect money, authorities said yesterday.

Authorities believe Ramiro Lopez-Garcia, 44, of Progreso, shot Gilbert Garcia Garces, whose body was found by people riding ATVs near a cornfield in the area of Farm-to-Market 491 just south of Mercedes on April 7.

Standing before Justice of the Peace Jaime Muñoz in a bright orange jumpsuit ubiquitous with Hidalgo County Jail inmates, Lopez-Garcia was arraigned on the charge of capital murder in connection with the shooting death of Garces. Muñoz set Lopez-Garcia’s bond at $1 million.

After the hearing, Lopez-Garcia said he had no comment as he was escorted out of the room.

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