- The Washington Times - Friday, January 17, 2003

EDINBURG, Texas, Jan. 17 (UPI) — A justice of the peace Friday set bond at $18 million on a 25-year-old Brownsville man charged with killing six men in South Texas.

Marcial Bocanega faces six counts of capital murder for allegedly gunning down six men in two wood-frame homes near Edinburg on Jan. 5. Justice of the Peace Mary Alice Valacios set bond at $3 million on each count. He remained in custody.

Texas Rangers arrested Bocanega without incident Thursday at a Brownsville home.

Edinburg Police Chief Quirino Munoz said Friday the investigation is continuing.

"Hopefully it will lead to the arrest of other individuals," he said.

Munoz said investigators have not established a motive for the crime which law officers are calling the most violent in recent Rio Grande Valley history.

Police suspect three to six assailants were involved in the bloody shooting. The only survivor was the mother of one of the victims. She told police that one of the men was wearing a ski mask and a jacket with the word "police" printed on it. She said they demanded drugs and guns.

Killed were Jimmy Edward Almendariz, 22; brothers Jerry Eugene Hidalgo, 24, and Ray Hidalgo, 30; brothers Juan Delgado Jr., 32, and Juan Delgado III, 20; and Ruben Rolando Castillo, 32.

Police and forensic experts from the Texas Department of Public Safety have gone over the crime scene repeatedly, and they say the killers left behind few clues.

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