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2nd person charged in machete death near Spring ISD school

May 24, 2019

A second person has been charged in the MS-13-linked killing of a man who was found shot and hacked to death with a machete on Spring ISD property.

Francisco Flores-Salazar, 19, was arrested Tuesday and charged with murder in the death of Jose Alfonso Villanueva. Flores-Salazar is being held at the Harris County Jail with bond set at $100,000.

Federal authorities have also placed an immigration hold on the El Salvadoran native who was living in Houston.

In September, authorities arrested 17-year-old Karla Morales in the slaying, saying she lured the 24-year-old Villanueva to this death on July 29 with the promise of belated birthday marijuana.

Villanueva, whose birthday was four days earlier, left his Antoine Street apartment and got in a car with Morales and two men she told investigators were MS-13 members. They drove to a nearby field about 500 feet from Lewis Elementary School where other men were waiting for him.

The men shot Villanueva several times and one hacked him with a machete, Morales told investigators. The transnational gang is known for using the signature blade when carrying out killings.

Flores-Salazar, whose nickname is “Psycho” according to a law enforcement authority familiar with the case, is believed to have pulled the trigger and wielded the machete.

Villanueva’s partially-clothed body was found on Aug. 7 in “an advanced stage of decomposition” and a spent .45 caliber shell was under him, according to authorities.

Authorities have not speculated on why Villanueva was killed, but a family member told investigators that a rap battle between Villanueva and his apparent rivals may have prompted the execution-style killing.

The relative said Villanueva had friends with ties to MS-13 but didn’t know him to be involved with the gang.

“He wasn’t no bad guy. His thing was rap. He liked to rap,” the relative said.

Morales, who is also charged with murder, remains jailed on a $60,000 bond.

nicole.hensley@chron.com

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