LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock Medical Examiner's Office has released the cause of death for 48-year-old Henry Valdez Junior, who was found dead on a couch under his car port on Sunday morning.
Authorities arrested the victim's son, 22-year-old Joshua Valdez, and charged him with murder. He remains jailed on a $250,000 bond. The Medical Examiner told KCBD NewsChannel 11 that Henry's cause of death is asphyxiation due to strangulation and that it is being considered a homicide. Joshua had his first appearance in front of a judge Tuesday morning.
KCBD NewsChannel 11 has also learned that Joshua is not the only suspect in this case. Lubbock Police have an arrest warrant for 21-year-old Adrian Aleman from Tahoka. In the arrest warrant, sworn testimony from Joshua Valdez says that he and his father got into a fight after both men had been drinking. The statement goes on to say Joshua got the help of Aleman to wash blood stains from the scene.
Joshua said they used bottled water, and the police report they found several empty bottles of water inside Henry's home. Aleman is charged with tampering with evidence from the investigation.
KCBD NewsChannel 11 is continuing to gather details on the case and will bring it to you first right here on kcbd.com.
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