A Starr County judge has ordered a juvenile suspect in a high-profile murder to be charged as an adult. Court-at-Law Judge Romero Molina Thursday ordered the case of the 16-year-old boy transferred to adult court, where he could stand trial for his alleged part in the drug-related killing of 17-year-old Chayse Olivarez of Rio Grande City last July.
Olivarez’s dismembered and charred remains were found inside three black plastic trash bags on a ranch near Roma. The 16-year-old defendant is charged with evidence tampering. Prosecutors say he helped dispose of Olivarez’s mutilated body. He is one of four teenagers charged in the case. Investigators say Olivarez was shot in retaliation for stealing some marijuana.