Woman who killed wife with wine chiller now behind bars in New Jersey after extradition from Texas: authorities

Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus (left) with her wife, Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus.
Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus (left) with her wife, Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus. (Facebook)

The woman accused of killing her wife with a wine chiller is back in New Jersey to face charges.
Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus, 48, is behind bars after being extradited from Texas, where she fled after the murder of 32-year-old Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus in May, authorities said Tuesday.
“The defendant was processed this afternoon at the Brick Township Police Department and is currently lodged in the Ocean County Jail,” Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said in a statement.
Police discovered Rebecca’s body on May 18 after getting a call about an “unresponsive female.” She was found in the bedroom, and authorities determined she’d been killed by “a cylindrical container used for the purpose of chilling wine.”
Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus
Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus (Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)
Cops issued a warrant for Mayra, who they said fled on a bus from New York City. She was later found by authorities in Houston.
Gavilanez-Alectus faces a murder charge, as well as two weapons offenses, officials said. It is believed she killed her wife after the woman sought to end the relationship.
In a Mother’s Day Facebook post a week before the killing, Gavilanez-Alectus praised her wife for being a wonderful mother.
“I truly blessed that you are my wife,” she wrote. “Happy Mother’s Day Mi Amor!!”

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