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Cen-Tex man indicted for murdering his estranged girlfriend

McLennan County Jail
POSTED: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 7:49am
UPDATED: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 9:28pm

A McLennan County Grand Jury has indicted a Central Texas man on murder for the July 2012 death of his estranged girlfriend.

Jerry William Borchardt, 61, was arrested shortly after Carol Jean Wagner, 60, of Bruceville-Eddy was found dead in her home. Wagner's son fond the badly decomposed body on July 30, 2012, at her home, located at 108 Pinto Drive.

An autopsy revealed 'smothering' caused Wagner's death. Following the crime, Borchardt was found driving Wagner's car. Police took Borchardt in for questioning shortly after Wagner's body was discoverd, but  later released him. However, further investigation later led to his arrest on August 4.

Borchardt is being held in the McLennan County Jail on a one million dollar bond. However, he will not be released due to an alleged violation of his parole.

Local law enforcement and the Texas Rangers investigated the case.


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