Prosecutors: Murder conviction possible even without a body


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and photojournalist CHRIS SHADROCK

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Posted on September 13, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 13 at 10:26 PM

AUSTIN -- Assistant Travis County District Attorney Gary Cobb told KVUE Friday evening that he believes George Delacruz could still be convicted of murder even though the body of his estranged wife has yet to be found.

“They're difficult cases but they can be proven and we've done in Travis County before, we've done it in the state of Texas before, and we've done it all over the United States before. It's difficult, but sometimes justice requires it,” said Cobb. 

On Friday morning a Travis County Grand Jury indicted George Delacruz for first degree Murder in connection with his wife’s disappearance. 

Delacruz was later arrested Friday afternoon while he was working at a construction site. 

Julie Ann Gonzalez was 21-years-old when she vanished in March of 2010.   

The couple’s daughter had just turned two. 

Dora Derma, an aunt of Julie Ann Gonzalez told KVUE in a phone conversation Friday said that the family isn’t speaking on camera because of an ongoing custody battle with Delacruz over the couple’s daughter.

“It's difficult to imagine a scenario where she would not only voluntarily disappear, but voluntarily for over a 3-year period have no contact whatsoever with her beloved child," she said.

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