LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin woman charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 14 death of a Lufkin man confessed to witnessing his death and helping in cleaning up the scene after the murder, according to an arrest affidavit.
Lufkin police released an arrest affidavit for Daniel Andres Muniz, 29, of Winnie, Monday afternoon. The affidavit details how police were able to connect Muniz, Kristine Maldonado Garcia, 25, of Lufkin, and Miguel Hernandez Monsivais, 22, of Lufkin, to the death of Efren Mora Elizondo, 47, of Lufkin.
Police believe through their investigation that it was Elizondo's body which was found burned in the back of his pickup the night of Aug. 15.
Muniz, charged with second-degree tampering of evidence, and Garcia, charged with first-degree murder, were arrested by out-of-area authorities on Saturday.
Monsivais is still at-large.
According to the affidavit, detectives used Facebook to eventually connect Elizondo to a witness who saw Garcia talk with Elizondo on the night of his death. Police then interviewed Garcia, who said she had gone to a house on Higgins Street to buy marijuana from Monsivais. She said Monsivias asked if she knew Elizondo and that he wanted her to lure him to the house because he had been "snitching." He said if she did not do it, he would do to her what he planned on doing to Elizondo.
Garcia said she then went to someone's house and called Elizondo and arranged for him to meet her and give her a ride to the Higgins address so she could pick up some clothes.
She said when they got to the house, she turned and walked away and heard screams coming from the house. She said she then went to Petty's Motel before she went back to the house and helped clean blood from the floor of the house, using white towels, bleach and laundry detergent.
Police obtained a search warrant for the Higgins Street address and took several items of evidence.
Police asked Garcia for a second interview, where she then admitted that she had not been truthful and she was in the house when Elizondo was beaten to death. She also said Elizondo's body was wrapped up in a carpet and placed in the back of his pickup truck. She said she was scared from being threatened, so she cleaned up the blood stains left in the house. She said Monsivais and Muniz drove Elizondo's body away from the house.
Monsivais is described as Hispanic, six-foot-two, 240 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information concerning his current location can provide information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers of Lufkin at (936) 639-TIPS or by submitting an anonymous tip at www.LufkinCrimeStoppers.com. Crime Stoppers Tipsters never have to give their name and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of any of these wanted persons.