Granger man accused of murdering wife held on $1 million bail

GRANGER, Wash. - A Granger man is being held on $1 million bond for allegedly murdering his wife and burning her dismembered body. He’s being held in Yakima County jail.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports Jaime Munguia Alejandre, 44, was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of killing Maria Gonzales-Castillo, 37. The victim died of trauma to the left side of her head, according to Yakima County Coroner Jack Hawkins. 

On Thursday night, the couple's children heard them arguing until around midnight. One of their seven kids reported hearing a sound like someone being hit. When the teen knocked on the door to see what had happened, the father said he was showering, although there was apparently no running water in the house, court documents said.

The children didn’t hear from their mother the next morning and two of them became worried.

They started searching for their mother and found blood on a mattress. They also saw smoke was coming from the fire pit around 300 feet from the house.

The two called deputies after they noticed something smoldering in the fire pit.

Court documents say the body appeared to be dismembered so it could fit in the small pit lined with cement.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers filed a detainer for Alejandre following the alleged crime.

This was the 13th homicide of the year in Yakima County, the first in Granger.

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