Texas: A murder-for-hire plot is unravelling in a small south Texas town after a pastor and one of his parishioners have been arrested for the murder of his wife this weekend.
Pastor Julio Cesar Perez is suspected of recruiting men from within his own community church to gun down his wife. Pastor Perez, 40, and 20-year-old Gabriel Apolinar Escalante were arrested on Saturday night following the discovery of her body.
Earlier today police also arrested Daniel Lopez, 37, who is suspected to be the 'trigger man' in the slaying. He will be charged with capital murder.
Julio Cesar Perez leads the Ministerios Manantial de Vida near San Benito, Texas, which sits 20 miles northwest of the city of Brownsville, Texas. Sonia Perez, who was 39 at the time of her death, was a third-grade teacher in Rio Hondo, Texas.