Arrest Warrant Reveals New Details in Lubbock Mother's Murder

Published 06/06 2014 06:07PM

Updated 06/06 2014 10:32PM

By Monica Yantosh

LUBBOCK, TX -- The arrest warrant for Epifanio Guzman reveals new information in the death of Rachel Guzman.

Rachel was reported as missing on June 3rd, with family saying she had not been heard from since May 30th.  Police then arrested her husband, Epifanio, in Howard County on a warrant for indecency with a child.

Also on June 4th, police found a woman's body in a remote area near Big Spring, Tx, and the Medical Examiner's Office later identified the victim as Rachel.

On Friday, June 5th, police charged Epifanio with Rachel's murder.

In the warrant for Epifanio, it says that when involved parties alerted the police that they believed Rachel was missing, someone told police that Rachel and Epifanio "had been having marital issues due to [Epifanio] being a suspect" for a report of indecency with a child. The warrant says someone told police the two had been having an argument for most of the day on the 30th about the indecency charge.

The document goes on to say that night, on May 30th, one of the involved parties said "he went into his room" around 11:30 p.m., "and shortly after that [Rachel] and [Epifanio] stopped arguing and went to their bedroom." The warrant said that involved party "did not hear anything else that night."

On June 2nd, the warrant says that when the involved parties went into Rachel's bedroom, they found that all of Epifanio's clothes and belongings were gone, and that Rachel's suitcase was also pulled out, but that nothing was put inside of it.

This is also when the warrant says that those involved parties also noticed blood on Rachel's mattress and pillow.

The murder warrant says that after Epifanio was arrested in Big Spring, he was interviewed by detectives and was read the Miranda warning. After that, the warrant says that Epifanio waived his rights and spoke to detectives, giving them a statement.

The warrant then goes on to say that "Epifanio said he strangled his wife, Rachel Guzman, from behind while they were arguing and having a physical altercation." The warrant said Epifanio said that happened on May 30th.

The warrant goes on to say that Epifanio said "Rachel went limp while he was strangling her."

The warrant says that the next day, "Epifanio said he wrapped up Rachel's body in a red sleeping bag and transported her to Big Spring, Tx," and it goes on to say that he put her body in a secluded area.

The warrant also says that "Epifanio also said he planned to murder his mother's husband" and that he "never was able to find him alone."

The warrant said that police then found a woman's body wrapped in a red sleeping bag as Epifanio had described to detectives.

On Friday, Epifanio was transported from Howard County to the Lubbock County Jail.

The family has a fund set up for funeral expenses. You can donate by visiting any Wells Fargo bank location, and just mention Rachel Rodriguez.

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