Granger man found guilty of murdering wife, burning body


    Jaime Alejandre

    YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. - Jaime Alejandre, the man accused of killing his wife at their Granger home last year, has been found guilty of murder.

    A jury found Alejandre guilty Tuesday of second degree murder, unlawful disposal of remains, adding it was an aggravated domestic offense and had destructible impact on others involved.

    Alejandre was criminally charged after the remains of his 37-year-old wife, Maria Gonzalez-Castillo, were found in a burn pit behind his home back in June of 2017.

    During the trial, 20-year-old Manuel Alejandre, Jaime's son, took the stand and recounted how he discovered his mother's remains.

    Manuel said he could not find his mom or dad on the morning of June 2, 2017. He said he found pools of blood underneath his parents' mattress while searching for them.

    Manuel and his sister called police and Manuel said they waited outside for the deputies, but then saw something burning in their backyard and said it was an unusual smell.

    Manuel said he then went over to the fire pit in their backyard to see what was burning when he found the remains.

    The autopsy stated she died from blunt force trauma to the head.

    The children told deputies their parents had been fighting the night before and Alejandre appeared intoxicated.

    Jaime Alejandre's sentencing is scheduled for the morning of January 25. He will remain in custody until then.

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