ALICE, Texas — An Alice man is in custody after being charged for the murder of his estranged wife.
According to Jim Wells County Sheriff Daniel Bueno, on Thursday around 1:43 a.m., deputies were sent to a home on County Road 1554 after a 10-year-old girl called for help.
When they arrived on-scene, deputies found 44-year-old Rebecca Letson had been shot.
Bueno said the 10-year-old girl was Letson's daughter, who told deputies her father allegedly shot her mother.
Bueno told KRIS 6 News it appeared Letson was shot and killed with a shotgun.
42-year-old Paul Anthony Vasquez was arrested following a traffic stop at Main Street for reckless driving and was later charged with driving under the influence.
After further investigation, Vasquez was served with a warrant Thursday afternoon and charged for murder, officials said.
His bond is $1 million.
It is still unclear what lead up to the shooting, but Bueno said Vasquez had a history of violence.
"It's a very sad situation," Bueno said.
The Jim Wells County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Rangers are investigating the case.
The 10-year-old girl was with Child Protective Services before she was placed with other family members.