2 suspects in slay of Teves, foreigner’s wife shot dead

Maila Ozoa Cagas and Tim Moerch at the Valencia police station hours before they were killed Wednesday night.*Photo courtesy of Bhoy Pilonggo

Three persons, including two suspects in the killing of the brother of a mayor, were shot to death in Barangay Balugo, Valencia town, Negros Oriental, late Wednesday evening, February. 8.

Killed were Danish national Tim Moerch, 45, his legal wife Karen Kate Cadiente Moerch and Maila Ozoa Cagas, 40.

Tim Moerch and Cagas were among three persons linked to the killing of Don Paulo Zartega Teves, 42, the younger brother of Mayor Edgar Teves Jr., and son of former Mayor Edgar Teves Sr.

The body of Don Paulo, who sustained a bullet wound on the left side of his head, was found near a dumpster in Purok 3, Barangay Calayugan in Valencia at 8:33 a.m. Monday, February 6.

The police arrested Tim Moerch and Cagas on Monday and John Edward Remollo, alias Wolverine, on Tuesday for the death of Don Paulo.

However, Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Florence Ed Obial-Kadusale ordered the release of Moerch and Cagas on Wednesday, stating that they were not “validly” arrested.

At 10:45 p.m. Wednesday hours after Tim Moerch was released from detention, he and his wife who were on board a motorcycle were killed by an unidentified gunman.

Within minutes Cagas was also separately killed, the police said.

It was not known if Remollo, the third suspect in the killing of Don Paulo was also released from detention.

A personal grudge was eyed as the motive in the killing of Teves as investigators noted a previous conflict between the victim and the Dane which was recorded in a police blotter.*

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