NJ woman charged with fatally beating wife with wine chiller

A New Jersey woman allegedly beat her wife to death with a wine chiller — a week after gushing about the “uncountable ways” her partner has changed her life, authorities said.

Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus, 48, is being sought by Brick police in the death of 32-year-old Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus, who was found lifeless Sunday in an upstairs bedroom inside the couple’s Creek Road apartment, Ocean County prosecutors and Brick Township police announced Tuesday.

Cops responded to the residence after getting a report of an unresponsive female. An autopsy conducted the following day determined that Gavilanez-Alectus died by homicide, authorities said.

“The investigation further revealed that a cylindrical container used for the purpose of chilling wine was utilized in the commission of the murder,” the joint statement read. “The injuries sustained by Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus were consistent with the implementation of this item. Further investigation ultimately determined that Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus did, in fact cause the victim’s death.”

Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus, who was not in custody as of Tuesday, is now wanted as a fugitive on charges of murder and unlawful possession of a weapon, authorities said.

“Our focus now is to find Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus and bring her into custody,” Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said in a statement.

Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus fled the couple’s apartment after the slaying, a spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office told the Asbury Park Press.

“It is our understanding,” spokesman Bryan Huntenburg told the newspaper when asked if the pair were married.

Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus, meanwhile, praised her partner in a Mother’s Day Facebook post, thanking her for the “uncountable ways” she improved her life.

“Mi amor gracias for all the uncountable ways you make this little crazy family … and my entire life better with every moment,” the post read. “[I’m] truly blessed that you are my wife.”

Calls seeking comment from Brick Township police early Wednesday were referred to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. A message left there was not immediately returned.

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