A capital murder charge was filed Monday against the relative of an East Texas girl who was found dead in a water well over the weekend, according to KLTV and multiple other reports.
Gustavo Zavala-Garcia, 24, remains in custody in the death of Kayla Gomez-Orozco, 10.
Gomez-Orozco’s body was discovered Saturday night in a well outside of Zavala-Garcia’s home, authorities said.
The girl went missing last Tuesday during a prayer service at the Bullard First Assembly Church in Bullard, a town of about 2,700 people south of Tyler. An Amber Alert was issued for the girl the next day.
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Zavala-Garcia was arrested on Sunday on a federal immigration hold, though authorities anticipated more charges would be added. He has been the lone suspect in Gomez-Orozco’s disappearance.
The Tyler Morning Telegraph reported that Zavala-Garcia is married to a cousin of Gomez-Orozco.
The newspaper reported that Zavala-Garcia’s bail amount was set at $10 million.