Affidavit: Love triangle led to far east EP murders

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The recently released arrest affidavits into the slaying of a man and woman in far east El Paso County in December reveals that an extramarital affair may have led to their murders.

According to the affidavit, Maria Cuellar and David Miranda, who were both employees in Clint ISD’s transportation department, were having an affair with each other. Cuellar’s husband, Vicente Cuellar was aware of the affair and that’s what may have led him to allegedly murder both of them and set Maria’s car on fire with her body still inside the trunk.

Sheriff’s deputies discovered a burned vehicle just before 8 p.m. on December 7, 2015 near an isolated road off the Fabens exit. Once they began investigating, they determined that the body was that of Maria Cuellar. Cuellar had last been seen leaving her job at Clint ISD in her car around 5:30 p.m. on December 7th and hadn’t been seen after that.

The autopsy report indicates that Maria Cuellar had been shot in her chest and left in the trunk area of her car before it was set on fire.

During questioning of employees at Clint ISD, the detectives learned that Maria Cuellar had been having an affair with a co-worker, identified as David Miranda. Maria Cuellar had reportedly asked Vicente Cuellar for a divorce, according to co-workers. 

The detectives were also alerted to the fact that Miranda hadn’t arrived at work on December 8th and had not called to report that he was out sick.

Two days later, on December 9th around 9 a.m. Sheriff’s investigators were dispatched to a Pecan Farm in the 15000 block of N. Loop Dr. where they discovered the body of David Miranda in a canal off the roadway. Miranda had allegedly been shot multiple times in the head and chest.

Two witnesses in the area reported hearing approximately 15-20 gunshots around 6:20 p.m. on December 7 near the area where Miranda’s body was later discovered.

Through extensive investigations, they were able to locate two sets of distinct footprints that matched at both scenes.

Maria Cuellar’s husband, Vicente Cuellar was interviewed and he reportedly provided an alibi to investigators that he was spending the afternoon with a friend, later identified as Alan Fraire at Fraire’s home in Horizon.

The affidavit indicates that EPCSO detectives worked with EPPD homicide Detective Michael Aman to pull cell phone records for both Cuellar and Fraire in order to verify their alibis.

When those cell phone records came back, Aman informed EPCSO investigators that cell tower phone records indicated that Fraire and Cuellar along with both victims were all together at the same time off of a cell phone tower near the Pecan Orchard between 6:18 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the same time witnesses reported hearing gunshots.

Cell records also placed Fraire as traveling from the area near the Pecan Orchard to the scene of the burned vehicle between 6:46 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

Several phone calls were also made between Vicente Cuellar and Fraire during the same time period when they both claimed they were together at Fraire’s home.

El Paso County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Vicente Cuellar and Alan Fraire during the early morning hours on Wednesday, August 31st, eight months after the deaths of Maria Cuellar and David Miranda.

Both men are being held in the El Paso County Detention Facility without bond.

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