Police say Hidalgo man accused of wife’s murder was in ‘heated argument’ with her

Luis Antonio Rivera seen during his arraignment in Hidalgo on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. (Xavier Alvarez | [email protected])

A witness in a murder investigation has said there was a “heated argument” between a Hidalgo husband and wife before the wife was later found dead, police said in a probable cause affidavit.

Luis Antonio Rivera, 46, was charged with murder Thursday, Sept. 1, for the death of his wife, Edna Liliana Rivera.

According to the affidavit, Hidalgo police responded to a call for service at about 12:40 a.m. on Aug. 30 at 2803 Monterrey St. where they found Edna’s body severely beaten.

Luis was arrested in Rio Grande City the following day at about 4:30 p.m.

“Officers obtained witness statements, placing [Edna] and [Luis] in a heated argument in their bedroom,” the affidavit said. “A witness stated that after the altercation, [Luis] exited the bedroom and Edna was no longer heard from.”

The witness, who found Edna’s body, said Luis fled the scene in his wife’s vehicle, a 2011 silver Ford Focus, according to police.

At the news conference following Luis’ arraignment, police indicated it was a family member who told authorities their father had killed their mother.

Hidalgo police remain tightlipped regarding details surrounding the family and Edna’s death.

Luis remains jailed at the Hidalgo County Adult Detention Center on $2 million for the murder charge.