Fort Worth police arrest couple in slaying

12/26/2013 12:41 PM

12/26/2013 12:42 PM

A man and woman face capital murder charges in the fatal shooting of a 29-year-old woman whose body was found Dec. 15 in Rockwood Park, authorities reported.

Joshua Gonzales and Jennifer Gonzales, both 33 and from Fort Worth, were arrested Monday after police obtained arrest warrants accusing them of killing Ryan Major Rice.

The Gonzaleses were arrested at Joshua Gonzales’ work address in the 3300 block of Northwest 30th Street, police said.

They remained in the Mansfield jail Thursday with bail set at $500,000 for Joshua Gonzales and $200,000 for Jennifer Gonzales, the jail log showed.

Rice’s body was found under a tree in the 700 block of Rock Cress Drive near baseball fields at the city park off Jacksboro Highway and North University Drive.

Police have not released information explaining the arrest of the Gonzaleses.

According to police, Joshua and Jennifer Gonzales were divorced in October. Jennifer Gonzales’ Facebook page indicates the couple reunited this month.

She is listed among Rice’s “friends” on Facebook. On Dec. 17, Jennifer Gonzales commented on a post about Rice’s death, indicating that she was shocked by the news.

“When did this happen. My heart breaks she was family been around since I was 10. You will be missed,” she wrote on Rice’s page.

The next day, Jennifer Gonzales shared a Star-Telegram article about Rice’s death on her own Facebook timeline, commenting: “Ryan Rice your deeply missed. My friend my sister. Love you shorty.”

She would also later post photographs on Facebook of her and Rice, as well as a video of the two women singing along to Pink together in the car.

But other friends of Rice quickly began to attack Gonzales, accusing her of beating up Rice in the days before the woman’s body was discovered.

In defending herself on Facebook, Gonzales claimed the fight with Rice was mutual and that she had tried to take care of Rice, getting her “clean” and off the streets.

Joshua Gonzales also defended his ex-wife on Facebook, stating on Rice’s page that the fight had occurred after Rice stole medications from the couple. His post was later taken down.

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