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Man arrested in Castro County murder case


On April 21, 2018 at approximately 9:55 a.m. the Castro County Sheriff's Office received a call about a person laying in a ditch on County Road 510 in the southwestern area of the county.

The caller reported that he was unsure if the person was alive.

Upon arrival of Sheriff's Office personnel, it was evident that the person was deceased from gunshot wound. The Sheriff's Office along with the Texas Rangers conducted the investigation into the death of the white female.

Investigators were able to identify a suspect in this case. Mark Longoria, 36, was taken into custody at approximately 6:55 p.m. in Earth, Texas with the assistance of the Lamb County Sheriff's Office.

Longoria was booked into the Castro County Jail for Murder. He was arraigned on April 23, 2018 and his bond was set at $100,000.

The victim has been identified, but her name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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