Woman who claimed husband died in 2012 home invasion charged in his murder

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A woman who claimed robbers killed her husband during a 2012 home invasion has now been charged in his death.

Sandra Melgar is charged with murder in connection to the December 23, 2012 slaying of her husband, Jaime Melgar.

In 2012, relatives found the Melgars tied up in their home in the 9500 block of Kelsey Meadows Court. Jaime Melgar had been stabbed to death, and Sandra Melgar was tied up in a closet.

"Ms. Melgar says they were in the bathroom together, her and her husband, and at some time she blacked out and the next thing she remembers is waking up in the closet tied up," Sgt. Robert Spurgeon with the Harris County Sheriff's Office told Eyewitness News in 2012.

Melgar told deputies she was tied up for 12 hours.

"It just seemed like something was really strange with how it all came down, them being tied up and just one person being killed," neighbor Randy Parman said.

A year and a half later, charging documents the 54-year-old was the one who alleged stabbed her husband with a knife.

"We were wondering. I mean it was so weird how it happened; didn't hear anything had been stolen or anything like that," Parman said.

Now curious neighbors want to know what information led them to charge Melgar and why it took so long. They have, after all, been unnerved for over a year, thinking a home invasion on their street was the work of ruthless thieves.

"It's a relief to know it's not random, not a home invasion," neighbor Jane Yang said.

Melgar's attorney says he has no comment at this time. She's out on bond but due in court in a couple of weeks.
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