A 25-year-old man was charged with murder Tuesday after his common-law wife was found dead with head trauma in the woman's restroom at the Texas Health and Human Services Department on Flournoy Road.
Kimberly Lee Gonzalez, 26, was found in the department's restroom in a pool of blood about 2 p.m., officials said.
Police located a .38 revolver and a bloody jacket in a white 1991Camaro after they stopped Vidal Ben Garcia III on Front and Cameron Street.
“We have interviewed him,” Bueno said. “And the outcome of this interview is the arrest of this individual for murder.”
Police said witnesses at the human service office heard the couple arguing.
“He walked inside the woman's restroom and the stall door was (forced) open,” Police Chief Daniel Bueno said. “The suspect left the location saying he was going to the hospital, but turned west on Front street instead of east.”
Gonzalez was unable to be revived via CPR, officials said. She was taken to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice where she died.
“At this time the doctor at the hospital said there appeared to be fragments of a gunshot, but we won't know until the autopsy is performed,” Bueno said. “The hospital (workers) tried to resesitate her, but she didn't make it.”
Investigators at the scene gathered evidence from the restroom for about eight hours.
The family of Gonzalez sat in the police lobby, crying and hugging each other. They were counseled by a chaplain.
Bueno said the couple were at the health and human service office to get a new Lone Star card when an argument escalated. About 25 people along with state employees were in the office when the incident occurred.
Officers were also at the 1000 block of Range Street where the couple resides as Child Protective Services was called in to take custody of their three children. Officials said the couple was already under investigation with CPS.
“There was some history of family violence,” Bueno said.
Texas Rangers have been called in to assist.
“The fact is that we found a gun in the Camaro, the fact is we found the jacket with blood in the Camaro,” Bueno said. “The officers did an excellent job.”