Weslaco murder suspect seeks bond reduction

EDINBURG — A Weslaco man is scheduled to appear in state court Thursday to potentially have his bond reduced in a murder case.

Jose Roberto Mena Dominguez, 36, is scheduled to appear before 92nd state District Judge Luis M. Singleterry to request a bond reduction as he currently awaits trial in custody on a more than $2.1 million bond.

Dominguez has been in custody since September 2017 after he was arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a 49-year-old Elsa woman.

Authorities found Sandra Beltran dead Sept. 8, 2017 in her apartment in the 900 block of West Ciro Caceres Avenue in Elsa.

Dominguez, authorities said, had stolen Beltran’s mother’s car and driven it into a canal north of her apartment, according to the affidavit.

According to the affidavit filed against Dominguez, Beltran was stabbed to death because he did not have money to buy Xanax pills from the woman.

“Dominguez stated he went to Beltran’s apartment Friday morning to commit a robbery for Xanax pills,” according to the affidavit.

The car belonging to Beltran’s mother was recovered from the canal near Mile 17-1/2 Road and Mile 6 Road.

Near the canal and in a trash can, Elsa Police Department investigators found a pair of bloody Nike shoes and blue jeans.

According to the affidavit, Dominguez admitted to killing Beltran when investigators showed him photos of the DNA-laced clothing, and further detailed that the stabbing lasted five minutes.

Beltran had recently moved into the Ciro Caceres apartment down the street from the elementary school she attended as a child.

“After wrecking the vehicle, Dominguez stated he walked back to his apartment and took a shower,” the affidavit read.

Dominguez was arrested the same day as Beltran’s burial.

He was also charged with tampering/fabricating physical evidence, possession of a dangerous drug and theft of property and was given a $65,000 bond on those charges.

Dominguez could face the death penalty for the capital felony charge or life without parole, if convicted.

Beltran graduated from Edcouch-Elsa High School in 1986, and would have turned 50 that December.

Dominguez, who has multiple prior arrests related to drug use, was on probation for possession of a controlled substance charge, according to court records.