Brick Township woman found guilty for murdering her wife

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BRICK, NJ – a 49-year-old woman who was on trial for killing her wife in Brick Township in May has been found guilty of murder after a nearly three-week jury trial.

Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus, 49, of Brick Township, was found guilty of killing her wife, Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus.

According to the investigation, Mayra killed her wife Rebecca with a wine chiller between May 16-17, 2020.

According to a police report at the time, on May 17, 2020, Brick Township Police were summoned to a residence on Creek Road for a report of an unresponsive female.  Upon arrival, Officers found the lifeless body of Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus in an upstairs bedroom of the residence.

“On May 18, 2020, the Ocean County Medical Examiner performed a post-mortem examination of Ms. Gavilanez-Alectus’ body, and determined the manner of her death to be a homicide.  A subsequent investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Brick Township Police Department Detective Bureau, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, revealed that both the victim and the defendant resided at the Creek Road address,” the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office reported. “The investigation further revealed that a cylindrical container used for the purpose of chilling wine was utilized in the commission of the murder.  The injuries sustained by Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus were consistent with the implementation of this item.”

Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus went to Texas after the murder but was extradited back to Ocean County after being apprehended by law enforcement officers in Houston.