Man charged with murder after roommate found dead in vehicle on SW Side, San Antonio police say

Residents in disbelief of events that occurred in their neighborhood

SAN ANTONIO – A 58-year-old man is charged with murder after San Antonio police said he confessed to killing his roommate after an argument and leaving her body in a vehicle.

Police were initially called for a welfare check at the home in the 6200 block of Bright Valley after the man, Rene Devora, 58, called the reporting party to say he had killed his roommate.

Police say a woman in her 40s was found dead about 20 miles away from the home inside of the trunk of a vehicle. According to the Medical Examiner, on Sunday, the woman was identified as Miranda Kennedy, 35.

Her death is considered a homicide, and the ME said she was found to have multiple blunt force injuries to her head.

According to an arrest affidavit, Devora had confessed to the killing to a witness when moments later, he looked through a window and spotted police officers.

Police said Devora then cut his own throat with a type of utility knife and told officers he would not come out of the home. That’s when the standoff ensued for 12 hours, per the affidavit.

After the standoff eventually came to an end, Devora was taken by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment of injuries.

Authorities have since charged Devora with murder and he is being held in the Bexar County Jail. According to court records, his bond is set at $250,000.

Neighbors on Bright Valley Road were in disbelief that their quiet neighbor would be capable of allegedly harming someone or himself.

Angel Bonilla says he only saw the owner of the home that was the scene of a 12-hour long standoff a couple of times. He said his neighbor always seemed quiet and polite.

“I never imagined he could do something like that. He always seemed so simple. I would be here cutting my lawn, and he’d say hello,” Bonilla said.

KSAT will update you with the latest as more information becomes available.


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