BY BRIAN JONES
COLUMBUS – The affidavit against Christina Vasquez sheds new light on the murder of Manuel Vasquez earlier this summer.
Christina Vasquez, Manual Vasquez’s wife, and Lydia Martinez, his mother-in-law, were arrested July 22 in connection with his disappearance after human remains were found in a field near at the Vasquez home in New Hope. They appeared before Justice Court Judge Ron Cooke on July 23 and were charged with murder. Each was given a $500,000 bond, payable in cash.
An affidavit filed against Christina Vasquez on July 27 provides more details of the crime.
The document, which was written by Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department investigator Tony Cooper, alleges that Martinez shot and killed Manuel Vasquez and then disposed of his body after he threatened to cut her off financially.
According to the affidavit, which is only one side of a legal argument: “On July 13, 2015, Mrs. Christina (Martinez) Vasquez reported her husband, Manuel Vasquez, had left home on June 24, 2015, for an alleged ‘mission trip.’ Mrs. Vasquez advised that Mr. Vasquez left with a sum of money. As of this date, Mr. Vasquez’s phone goes to voicemail when called. A check of Mr. Vasquez’s cellphone records show no activity. The records also show no text messages or incoming phone calls from Mrs. Vasquez. A check of his (financial) accounts show no activity since his disappearance.
“It has been reported that since Mr. Vasquez’s departure, Mrs. Vasquez has had the carpet in the master bedroom area of the residence replaced by Lowe’s,” the affidavit reads. “A check of Lowe’s has confirmed that Mrs. Vasquez purchased carpet. Mrs. Vasquez (told detectives) Mr. Vasquez had spilled some apple cider vinegar on the carpet and it ‘smelled like feet,’ so she tried to clean the carpet. She advised she made the stain worse, and she was worried her husband would be upset, so she replaced it. Mrs. Vasquez stated the carpet installer took the old carpet with them when they left. A neighbor reported seeing Mrs. Vasquez burning something in a barrel on the property, but the barrel is now gone.”
The affidavit states that none of Manual Vasquez’s family in San Antonio, Texas, had seen or heard from him.
The affidavit also alleges that Manuel Vasquez told a friend, Paul Vega, that was planning on cutting his wife off: “…the last time he spoke to to Mr. Vasquez, he had informed Mr. Vega that he did not approve of the manner which Ms. Vasquez was living and he was about to cut her off financially.”
Manuel Vasquez also allegedly gave Vega the titles to three vehicles and the keys to his daughter’s vehicle, which he wished to sell.
“On July 21, 2015, during the initial search, items of what appeared to be bone material were found in a field off the northern side of the residence,” the affidavit reads. The bones are believed to be pieces of a human skull and rib.
According to the affidavit, “July 22, 2015, Lydia Martinez…confessed that she, along with Christina Martinez, shot and killed Manuel Vasquez then disposed of his body.”