Second Arrest Made in Murder of Former El Paso Radio DJ
A second arrest has been made in connection with the murder of former El Paso radio DJ Richard Madrigal.
Marinda Palacios, 33, was taken into custody at her home Tuesday afternoon by the El Paso Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit after their investigation revealed she witnessed Madrigal's murder but failed to report the crime to police.
She faces a charge of failure to report a felony, which is a Class A Misdemeanor. Under Texas's laws, a Class A Misdemeanor is punishable by not more than 1 year in a county jail and/or a fine of not more than $4,000.
Bail was set at $5,000, which she posted this morning (Wednesday) and was released.
Madrigal, a former employee of Townsquare Media El Paso where he was known on-air as “Mardi Gras,” was found dead Sunday afternoon in his West Side apartment by a friend who went to check on him after her repeated calls to him went unanswered.
The investigation led police to 31-year-old Leonel Hernandez who admitted under questioning to shooting and killing Madrigal late Saturday afternoon. He’s currently in the El Paso County Detention Facility under a $1,000,000 bond.
According to police reports, both Hernandez and Palacios where from the 900 block of S. Mesa Hills but it is not made clear what their relationship may be.
A motive for the shooting has not been revealed. Police have also not disclosed the connection between the three.