Texas Man Killed by 3 Men using Hammer; Buried his Body in a Barrel: Authorities after Wife Reported Man Missing

A probable cause affidavit added new information to a murder case that was already going on.

The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office arrested Samuel Uvalle Sr. and Jesus Grijalva Jr. on murder charges. The police are still looking for a third suspect, Roberto Salas, who is also being charged with murder.

On May 11, police were called to the 1300 block of Val-Bar Drive in Alamo because someone was missing. Deputies talked to a woman there who said her husband, Juan Carlos Hernandez De Leon, hadn’t been seen since May 6.

The statement said that on May 15, police learned that Grijalva, who was known as “Joker,” was “using a tractor and was actively burying something which was later learned to be a human body.”

Also, investigators were told that the three men had hit and kicked the man, whose name was Hernandez De Leon.

On May 7, witnesses said Uvalle and Hernandez De Leon got into a fight at Grijalva’s house in the 1900 block of Morningset Drive in San Juan. The statement said that Uvalle then started hitting Hernandez De Leon with a hammer.

Salas and Grijalva are said to have joined Uvalle in beating him, with Grijalva using a hammer as well. The paper said that a witness said the three men put his body in a barrel and took it to a house on E. Wisconsin Road in Edinburg, where they buried it.

The land was searched, and the buried body of a man was found in the barrel. It was thought that Hernandez De Leon’s body was there.

The police arrested Uvalle and Grijalva, and they are due in court on Monday afternoon. At 1:30 p.m., ValleyCentral will stream the hearing.

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