Teenager Will Be Tried as Adult in Prostitute's Rape, Murder and Disfigurement

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) - A 16-year-old boy will be tried as an adult in the rape, murder and disfigurement of a prostitute who was killed in February.

Adrian Eleazar Ramirez faces six counts of murder, including two capital murder counts, and a sexual assault charge in the death of 21-year-old Maria Benita Zuniga.

The county sheriff says multiple murder counts are related to each of the violent actions authorities believe contributed to Zuniga's death.

Investigators believe Ramirez was infatuated with Zuniga and became enraged after seeing her out with other men. She was robbed, raped and choked, and her face was disfigured by a sharp object.

The name of Ramirez's attorney could not immediately be determined. During his court appearance today, Ramirez seemed confused by the multiple murder counts.

Ramirez was in the Hidalgo County Jail tonight on a $350,000 bond.

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