NJ woman arrested in Texas for killing wife with wine chiller

Kimberly Dole
May 22, 2020 - 12:55 pm
Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus

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BRICK TOWNSHIP, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- Texas officials arrested a New Jersey woman on Wednesday accused of killing her wife with a wine chiller, officials said.

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said 48-year-old Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus, was cuffed by federal agents in Houston.

"It is extremely satisfying when law enforcement works together and we are able to get a dangerous person like Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus into custody," he said.

Gavilanez-Alectus fled the Northeast on a bus from New York City authorities said, but it is unclear if Texas was her final destination or if she was planning to escape the country.

The body of Gavilanez-Alectus's wife, 32-year-old Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus in the bedroom of the home they shared in Brick Township, officials said.

Authorities issued a warrant for Gavilanez-Alectus’ arrest on May 18, after police determined she was responsible for the May 17 death of Rebecca.

Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus
Brick Township - Ocean County Prosecutor's Office

An autopsy later determined that "a cylindrical container used for the purpose of chilling wine was utilized in the commission of the murder."

Officials charged Gavilanez-Alectus with murder, and she also faces two weapons offenses.

She is being held at the Harris County Jail in Texas until she is transferred to New Jersey.

Gavilanez-Alectus recently praised her wife in a gushing Mother’s Day tribute posted to Facebook.

"I truly blessed that you are my wife," she wrote. "Happy Mother’s Day Mi Amor!!"