- Christian Trevino and Alejandro Trevino, both 18, were detained on Saturday in Pharr, Texas.The lads, together with their friend Juan Eduardo Melendez, 18, were arrested for the murder of their stepfather, Gabriel Quintanilla, last Thursday.
- The Trevino brothers approached Quintanilla after their nine-year-old half-sister came forward and claimed her 42-year-old father sexually abused her.
- Quintanilla was beaten three times and thrown into the back of a pickup truck before his body was dumped in a McAllen field.
- Melendez and Christian Trevino were charged with capital murder.
PHARR, TEXAS – Two Texas teenage brothers have been charged with murder after allegedly beating their stepfather to death with brass knuckles over allegations that he raped their nine-year-old half-sister.
Alejandro Trevino, 18, faces aggravated assault and engaging in organized criminal activity charges. His brother Christian Trevino, 17, and their friend Juan Eduardo Melendez, 18, are facing capital murder and aggravated assault charges in the death of Gabriel Quintanilla, 42, who was found in a McAllen, Texas, field by a farmer on Jan. 20, ValleyCentral.com reports.
All three are currently being held in the Hidalgo County Jail.
According to authorities, the beating allegedly occurred after the brothers found out that their stepdad had been accused of inappropriately touching their half-sister.
The attack began in a Pharr trailer park between the two brothers and Quintanilla, according to a homicide complaint acquired by PEOPLE, and then continued at a nearby apartment complex. A third attack occurred, after which Quintanilla was placed in the bed of a white Ford F-150 and transported to a field in McAllen, where he was subsequently discovered dead, according to the complaint.
According to the lawsuit, Quintanilla had sustained head damage.
Pharr Police Chief Andy Harvey stated during a press conference on Tuesday that Quintanilla had previously been accused of chronic sexual assault of a minor.
“That was over an unrelated case that we were made aware of in 2019, involving someone else, another victim,” Harvey said.
Harvey stated that the incident occurred between 2014 and 2016, and that investigators had enough evidence to obtain a warrant against Quintanilla but were unable to locate him.
“The detectives went out to look for Quintanilla at that time and were unable to find him,” Harvey said.
“They searched his last known residence, they went to his mother’s residence multiple times.”
“He was being elusive, obviously, and hiding from us,” Harvey said.
According to Harvey, they were seeking capital murder charges for the teens because “Quintanilla was kidnapped when he was taken in the back of the F-150 and dropped off somewhere else and then at the scene where they dropped him off the Trevino’s stole some property from Quintanilla.”
“Our job is to present a case and get the facts to the district attorney’s office and they will present the case at another time,” said Harvey. “We are still investigating that and that is why it is still open to provide even more facts to the district attorney in order to have the case they need to pursue whatever the charges they want to pursue.”