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Posted: Sunday, August 6, 1995 12:00 am

By HIPOLITO CAVAZOS GARZA

Special to The Herald

#MATAMOROS -- A Matamoros doctor was taken into custody Saturday after

allegedly confessing to killing a Monterrey businessman, burying his body in

his home patio, and covering it with a concrete slab, authorities said.

Dr. Javier Franco Azuara, who operates the Guadalupe Clinic at Eighth and

Iturbide streets, took District Attorney Francisco Ruiz Reta and state

judicial police agents to his home at Las Arboledas subdivision, where he

pointed out the slab he had ordered built, authorities said.

According to Azuara's confession, he had given Francisco Javier Serna Uribe, a

Monterrey businessman, a sedative for a headache.

While Serna Uribe was dozing, Azuara allegedly gave him a lethal injection.

The doctor reportedly owed Serna Uribe $50,000 and had offered to repay

$35,000 right away and the rest in a few more weeks.

Azuara then covered the body with a sheet and used adhesive tape to secure the

sheet, according to the confession. He then allegedly excavated a superficial

tomb and buried the body.

Serna had been staying at El Jardin Hotel, Sixth and Bilbao streets, with his

wife, Amparo Salinas.

She had telephoned her family in Monterrey that her husband had disappeared

last Monday when he supposedly was going to see the doctor.

Her family called the Matamoros district attorney, and an investigation led to

the capture and confession of the physician.

Azuara was put under custody Saturday pending arraignment.

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