$1 million bond for Bridge City man accused of beating common-law wife to death

Jorge Elizalde-Sanchez is being held on $1 million bond for the murder of Kara Willingham.

BRIDGE CITY - 2:55 p.m. UPDATE: Family tells us Willingham had two children, 6 and 3. She just graduated from Lamar State College - Orange where she studied to become a nurse

2:20 p.m.- UPDATE: Orange County 128th District Judge Courtney Arkeen set bond for Jorge Hugo Elizalde-Sanchez, 41 at $1 million on one count of murder. Elizalde-Sanchez is accused of beating his common-law wife to death.

A Bridge City Police affidavit indicates the officers found Kara Willingham's body on the floor of their upstairs apartment.
Officers say Jorge Elizalde Sanchez at first drove away with the couple's children, but later surrendered during a stop only two blocks away from the home on Sabine Street.
According to the affidavit, Elizalde Sanchez later told officers he choked Willingham to death.
"I did something bad and something bad happened," is what Elizalde Sanchez told investigators.
A police affidavit indicates that Elizalde Sanchez admitted to murdering Willingham because he suspected she was having an affair.
Sanchez told police that he found photograph's on Willingham's phone of the person she was having an affair with.
According to the affidavit, Elizalde Sanchez approached Willingham and punched her, then choked her until she stopped moving.
An autopsy was performed and indicated that Willingham was choked to death.
Family members tell us she will be remembered as a loving mother who had recently graduated from Lamar State College-Orange with a nursing certificate.
They offered a statement to 12 News, saying: " We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Kara Willingham.  Kara was currently enrolled at Lamar State College-Orange continuing her education in the RN program. She graduated in August of this year with her LVN. Kara was extremely bright with a positive attitude and winning smile. She was admired tremendously by her classmates and respected deeply by the faculty of the nursing program. The administration, faculty, staff, and students respectfully offer their heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Kara. She will be greatly missed."
Willingham's family is devastated over their loss, saying she had her whole life ahead of her.
Her 6 and 3 year old children are now with their grandmother, a family member tells us.
Elizalde Sanchez, an undocumented illegal immigrant, does not have a court date set.
He remains in Orange County Jail.



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