Idaho murder suspect, girlfriend arrested in Texas

Idaho murder suspect, girlfriend arrested in Texas

Credit: Minidoka County Sheriff's Office

Christopher Cruz and Stephanie Juarez have been arrested in Edinburg, Texas.

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by KTVB

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Posted on September 25, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 25 at 4:04 PM

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RUPERT, Idaho -- A Heyburn man and his girlfriend wanted in connection with the August 2nd murder of 36-year-old Craig Short have been arrested in Edinburg, Texas.

Authorities say 21-year-old Christopher Cruz and 32-year-old Stephanie Juarez were taken into police custody Tuesday. Cruz was taken into custody at a playground in a city park. Juarez was arrested while walking down a residential street.  They are being held at the Hidalgo County Jail in Edinburg, Texas, a town near the border of Mexico.

The Minidoka County Sheriff's Office responded to a shooting on the afternoon of Aug. 2 at Cruz's home near the intersection of 400 South and 850 West roads in Heyburn. When deputies arrived they found the body of Craig Short of Heyburn. Another man claimed Cruz shot at him.

Cruz and Juarez fled Idaho after the shooting. Sheriff Eric Snarr told us they may be traveling in Juarez's gray 2002 Chevy Malibu.

Prosecutors filed first-degree murder and attempted murder charges against Cruz.  A $1 million warrant for Cruz's arrest was issued on Aug. 8.

Snarr says Juarez was identified as a person of interest.  She also has a $250,000 warrant out for her arrest on a probation violation.

Lt. Oscar Trevino with the Edinburg Police Department says Cruz and Juarez traveled from Idaho to Texas with another couple from Rupert.

Trevino says police have had a home under surveillance watching for the wanted pair.  They arrested 20-year-old Christopher Ray Van Every and 22-year-old Gisela Garcia, both from Rupert, Idaho. They are charged under Texas law with hindering apprehension.

Trevino says Van Every and Garcia provided transportation, shelter, hotel rooms and money to Cruz and Juarez. He says the couple lied to police about knowing and helping them. They were arraigned in a Texas courtroom Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Cruz and Juarez are in the process of being extradited back to Idaho.

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