Man found dead in Texas home, nephew accused of murder after caller tips off police

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Nov. 3 2021, Published 10:43 a.m. ET

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A Texas man is accused of slaying his uncle and fleeing from police after they were tipped off about a murder.

On Oct. 31 just before 9 a.m., a tipster phoned police in Kingsville and reported that 62-year-old Ruben DeLaRosa and his nephew, Javier DeLaRosa Jr., 20, was responsible, the Caller Times reported.

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When authorities responded to the DeLaRosas’ Kingsville home, an officer spotted a car leaving the residence and attempted to stop the driver, later identified as DeLaRosa Jr, police said, according to the news outlet.

DelaRosa Jr. allegedly fled and led Kingsville police, Kleberg County Sheriff’s deputies and Texas DPS troopers on a chase before circling back to the residence.

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Inside the home, detectives found the body of the elder DeLaRosa and took his nephew into custody. An autopsy is pending.

DeLaRosa Jr. was booked into the Kleberg County Jail on charges of murder, evading arrest, and tampering of evidence with intent to impair a human corpse. He also had two city warrants, online jail records show.

A judge set his bond at $1,076,993.23.

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