Headline — 22 October 2013 — by Adele Ramos

Belize and US authorities have confirmed to Amandala that a Texan who was wanted for a homicide in Hidalgo County, Texas, USA, but who had been staying in San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize, has been flown back to the USA to face charges there.

Police Press Officer Raphael Martinez confirmed to Amandala that the American, who has been identified as Everett James Morris, 45, turned himself in to the US Embassy in Belize after he heard that he was being sought by law enforcement authorities. San Ignacio police facilitated the process, Martinez said.

A spokesperson of the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office told our newspaper today that Morris was expected to arrive in Hidalgo today to face charges for the homicide of Jorge Rodriguez Olivarez, 51, who was reportedly beaten to death with a blunt object.

Olivarez had reportedly been beaten to death and dumped off a highway. He had been staying with Morris before his murder, and Morris is alleged to have been the last person to have seen him alive.

Hidalgo police subsequently issued an arrest warrant for Morris and the US Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force was enlisted to aid in Morris’ detention.

The Monitor, a news source out of Texas, reported this morning that Morris’s apprehension was the result of collaboration between US Marshalls, Interpol and Belize police.

Another US news source, Harlingen News, said that Morris had previously done missionary work in Mexico and Central America, and had an arrest record for one assault and three DUI’s.

It said that Morris had left the country and was last seen in Reynosa, Mexico, on September 12, two days after Olivarez’s body was found.

Morris, who was reportedly flown to the US last Wednesday to Houston and to Hidalgo County, Texas, today, Monday, is scheduled for arraignment for the homicide tomorrow morning in Hidalgo County.

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