Fugitive New Jersey woman caught in Texas, accused of killing her wife with wine chiller
Ocean County
Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus, 48, was charged with the murder of Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus, 32, and arrested in Houston, Texas on Wednesday.

By Brianna Kudisch, NJ.com

HOUSTON (NJ.com) -- A Brick woman accused of killing her wife with a wine chiller was apprehended in Texas, officials announced Wednesday.

Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus, 48, was charged with the murder of Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus, 32, and arrested in Houston, Texas on Wednesday, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and Brick Township Police Department.

A warrant for Gavilanez-Alectus’ arrest was issued on May 18, after the county prosecutor’s office and Brick Township police determined she was responsible for the May 17 death of Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus, who is also from Brick.

On May 17, Brick Township Police went to a residence on Creek Road, after receiving a report of an unresponsive female. Once there, officers found the “lifeless body of Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus” in an upstairs bedroom, according to a release.

An autopsy was performed the next day, and officials determined Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus’s death was a homicide.

“The investigation further revealed that a cylindrical container used for the purpose of chilling wine was utilized in the commission of the murder,” the release said.

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