Texas Man Beats Wife To Death, Then Hangs Himself

(July 9, 2008)--The bodies of a man and his estranged wife were found Wednesday at the couple’s Tyler-area home after what evidently was a murder-suicide.

Justice of the Peace Mitch Shamburger told the Tyler Morning Telegraph, for its online edition Wednesday afternoon, that the man evidently used a baseball bat to beat his spouse to death.

Shamburger said the man notified his stepfather, and then hanged himself.

The bodies of 40-year-old Fernando Vela Alvarado and his wife were discovered Wednesday at a residence in Owentown.

Shamburger says Alvarado left a note.

His wife had filed for divorce.

Her name was not immediately released.

Autopsies were ordered.

Owentown is a community of about 100, 10 miles northeast of Tyler.

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