Sixteen-Year-Old to be Tried as an Adult in Prostitute's Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) - A 16-year-old boy will be tried as an adult in the rape, murder and disfigurement of a prostitute who was killed in February.

Adrian Eleazar Ramirez faces six counts of murder, including two capital murder counts, and a sexual assault charge in the death of 21-year-old Maria Benita Zuniga.

The county sheriff says multiple murder counts are related to each of the violent actions authorities believe contributed to Zuniga's death.

Investigators believe Ramirez was infatuated with Zuniga and became enraged after seeing her out with other men. She was robbed, raped and choked, and her face was disfigured by a sharp object.

Ramirez was in the Hidalgo County Jail last night on a $350,000 bond.

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