Suspect charged with Tina Sanchez murder - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/21/09

Suspect charged with Tina Sanchez murder

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock homicide investigation took a leap forward Tuesday when authorities charged the 'person of interest' in the case with murder.  Raymundo Garza Junior, 27 is now charged with the murder of Tina Marie Sanchez, 48.

The Lubbock County District Attorney's Office issued the warrant Tuesday morning.  It carries a $500,000 bond.

Sanchez's daughter discovered her body back on February 22nd. Investigators say Sanchez was stabbed to death inside her home in the 3100 Block of Emory.  Tuesday, authorities announced new evidence they say connects Garza to the murder. "That evidence that we did locate and collect, it's very specific to him and it linked him to being the last person with Tina," Lubbock Police Sergeant Jimmy Pachall said. 

Police did not release what, specifically that evidence is.  They did tell NewsChannel 11 that Garza could now be with family in either Georgia or New Mexico, and that Sanchez's truck, missing since her murder, is still unaccounted for.

The murder charge also raises the Crime Line reward offered for information that leads to Garza's arrest. That now stands at $1,000. If you have information that can help investigators, call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000. You can remain anonymous.

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