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Two men face capital murder charge for co-worker's murder in Fulton County AR

October 27, 2010|by Steve Grant, KY3 News | sgrant@ky3.com

SALEM, Ark. -- Arkansas State Police investigators say two restaurant employees killed a co-worker last Sunday night and then tried to hide the body by backing the victim's pickup down a highway embankment with the body in it.  Jorge Pablo Gonzalez and Diego Handelin Valdivia Villonveva are each charged with capital murder and armed criminal action for the shooting death of Jesus Cisneros Meza, 31.

Officers found Meza's body in the bed of his pickup on Monday morning.  It had been pushed over a highway embankment near Melbourne in Izard County, south of Salem. 

According to the probable cause statement used as the basis of the charges, a State Police special agent went to the Senor Carlos Restaurant in Salem to interview people about Meza, who was an employee and part owner of that business.  During the interview, the agent said, Gonzalez, who managed the restaurant, told him that Meza was shot in the kitchen by Villonveva, and Gonzalez helped Villonveva clean up the crime scene and dispose of the body. 

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That statement led to the closing of the restaurant and formal interviews of Gonzalez and Villonveva at the Fulton County Sheriff's Department.  The special agent says both men admitted Gonzalez gave Villonveva the gun used to kill Meza, and that both cleaned up the kitchen after the shooting and then moved the body in Meza's pickup.  Villonveva drove the pickup and Gonzalez gave Villonveva a ride back to their home in Salem.

The motive appears to be that Gonzalez did not like Meza and believed Meza "was attempting to cause him to lose his job."

Each men could face a death penalty if he is convicted of capital murder. 

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