Harris County man charged with murdering common-law wife walks to border

Miguel Gallegos (Photo: Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

A man charged with the murder of his common-law wife in Harris County last month has been arrested, authorities say.

According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, their warrants division located and arranged the arrest of 23-year-old Miguel Gallegos on Wednesday. The sheriff’s office said Gallegos surrendered to U.S. Border Patrol at an entry point on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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He is being held in the Hidalgo County Jail pending extradition to Harris County.

Gallegos is charged in the death of 22-year-old Jael Gonzalez, who was found in an apartment in the 10000 block of N. Eldridge Parkway on June 20.

According to HCSO, family members told deputies that Gonzalez and her common-law partner, Gallegos, failed to show up for a family function the day before.

After trying to contact them several times by phone, the family members went to their apartment and found it locked, according to authorities.


The sheriff’s office said family members used a spare key to enter the apartment and found Gonzalez unresponsive in a bedroom.

Gallegos was not at the scene and one of the couple’s vehicles was missing.

The HCSO Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene for the investigation. Investigators presented the investigation to the district attorney’s office, which accepted the murder charge against Gallegos, HCSO said.

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