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Man in Jail Dies: Officers Try to Hide Evidence

Jul 28th, 2011 | Category: Webb County

The investigation of an inmate at Webb County Jail leads to the arrests of two correctional officers.

Esteban Paez, Sr. and Enrique Villarreal turned themselves in to authorities following a custodial death investigation earlier this month. A joint investigation with the Webb County Sheriff’s office and Texas Rangers revealed the two didn’t follow procedures.

Inmate Charlie Johnson committed suicide while the two officers were supposed to keep a close eye on him.

The sheriff has recommended their termination; both have been served with notice of proposed disciplinary action forms.

Villarreal and Paez are charged with one count each of tampering with a government document, a third degree felony.

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