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Man charged with murdering his wife

The victim’s sister says she had recently got in a fight with Pellot and had reached out to an attorney the day before her death.
Published: Jan. 18, 2021 at 7:33 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2021 at 11:47 PM CST
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - A man is charged in connection to the murder of his wife after a months long investigation by Laredo police.

LPD arrested 42-year-old Joel Pellot on Saturday, 4 months after his wife, 31-year-old Maria Eugenia Munoz died.

It all started September 22, 2020- Laredo police were called to a home on the 200 block of Canyon Oak Drive.

Investigator Joe Baeza with the Laredo Police Department says they got a call that Joel Pellot had found his wife, Maria Eugenia Munoz unresponsive at their home.

The initial findings had indicated the incident could possible have be an overdose or a possible suicide.

“Investigators got there and began their investigation as it is procedure in these cases.”

Maria Eugenia’s sister Marisol Munoz tells KGNS affiliate station Telemundo Puerto Rico that at first the family believed it could be suicide

”I did not think he was guilty, or that he had done it but I thought because of him and their situation it led her to take her own life.”

According to Marisol, her sister and Pellot had been married for 10 years but recently had been facing marital problems.

“He made her suffer in person, a lot, a lot. It was 2 years of marital troubles but at the same time he would not let her go. Because when she would try he would come and tell her that he loved her, that he could bring back the passion. He manipulated her. She would say, ‘I can’t leave him because he loves me.’ She would say that to me.”

Marisol says her sister had recently got in a fight with Pellot and had reached out to an attorney the day before her death.

Marisol adds Pellot requested Maria’s body to be cremated but before that authorities conducted an autopsy.

“Results from the autopsy and especially the toxicology revealed there were inconsistencies with the case. And so, the findings were more than a mere coincidence. According to the report there was enough to charge him with the murder case. There was a mixture in her system but there are different things in the case right now that are case sensitive and we are not allowed to go into great detail about it.”

When asked about if Pellot’s occupation as a nurse anesthetist contributed to her death, Baeza says reports say it could have played at part but could not elaborate further.

As for her family, they are picking up the pieces of a life cut short.

“He killed her spirits and then he killed in life.”

The couple’s children are in the care of a family member.

Pellot’s bail has been set at $200,000.

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