Cracking Cold Cases Doesn't Always Bring Justice

Lt. Gary Trupe, Potter-Randall Special Crimes
Lt. Gary Trupe, Potter-Randall Special Crimes

10 cold cases cleared in Amarillo, but not all of them are a victory for investigators.

Even if they are stamped solved... Justice isn't always done.

Lt. Gary Trupe with Potter-Randall Special Crimes says, "This one was Maria Manquero. During the initIal investigation a coat was found that was always believed to belong to the suspect. We arrested a guy by the name of Miguel Cervantes. The case went to trial and a jury found him not guilty. However when he was being deported, he was an illegal alien, he told a border patrol officer that he had actually committed the murder."

Thursday, Andres Avila pleaded guilty to the 1989 murder or Carlos Sotelo Lara.... A victory that is bitter sweet, since no family members for the victim can be located to bring peace.

50 more cases dating back to the sixties still need a resolution. Lt. Trupe says the family's never forget.

"There was a girl that was murdered, in the murder there is a baby laying on the bed. Baby wasn't hurt. That baby came to see us and is like 23 or 24 years old. Wanting to know what happened to her mom, and she deserves to have the person who did that to who mom brought to justice." Lt. Trupe says.

Sgt. Kevin Dockery, who has solved several cold cases says, "We want them to know that we are always working on those cases and we will continue to work on those cases to bring a conclusion to them."

If you know anything about an unsolved murder call the Potter-Randall Special Crimes Unit at 378-9468.