An investigation has begun after a murder/ suicide in Titus County. According to Titus County Sheriff Tim Ingram, 27-year-old Edgar Javier Martinez Sierra hung himself after beating to death Maria De Jesus Castro Deleon with a carpentry tool. Ingram said Sierra also beat 24-year-old David Landeverde Diaz, who is in critical condition at the hospital.

The murder, attempted murder, suicide happened Saturday morning on 1st Street in Winfield. According to Ingram, Sierra had been babysitting for a woman who had come into town for a birthday party.

“For some reason, the young lady with the kids didn’t come home that night with the others when they got through partying,” Ingram said. “Diaz and Sierra had a fight about Deleon’s affections in the past. When Sierra got up to go to work Saturday morning, he found Deleon and Diaz together in his living room.”

That’s when the incident took place, Ingram said.

“He came back in with the tool and beat both victims with the intent to kill both of them,” he said. “The children’s mother came home around 9 a.m. and saw the two together, and said she was yelling at them to ‘get up, hey my kids are about to get up, y’all need to get up.’ And that’s when she realized they weren’t moving. She then noticed something was wrong and saw the blood.”

Ingram said she ran next door to call 9-1-1 and got her children out of the house before they saw anything.

“We searched for the suspect over the weekend until we found his car at an empty house he was helping remodel in Franklin County,” Ingram said. “SWAT was called in and around 10 a.m. on Monday morning, they entered the house and found Sierra had hanged himself.”  

 

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