Suspect Arrested in 1992 Double Murder Case

December 7, 2007 - Houston police have arrested a suspect charged in the fatal shooting of two men at 26 Farrell #9 on December 18,1992.

The suspect, Genovevo Salinas (H/m, DOB: 8-22-71), is charged with capital murder in the 230th State District Court. He is accused in the killing of Juan Manuel Garza, 29, of 26 Farrell #9. He suffered a gunshot wound and died at the scene. A second victim, Hector Garza, 27, of 26 Farrell #9 suffered a gunshot wound and was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where he later died.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant C. E. Elliot reported:

On December 18, 1992, Salinas went to the apartment of Juan Manuel and Hector Garza. When one of the victims opened the door, Salinas shot both men then fled in a black Pontiac Trans-Am or Chevrolet Camaro. At that time, the motive for the shooting was unknown.

A follow-up investigation by HPD Homicide investigators identified Salinas as the suspect in this case and a capital murder charge was filed in February of 1993. Salinas fled to Mexico and was not arrested at that time and over the years, leads on Salinas were developed but he was never located and arrested.

A follow-up investigation determined Salinas had been arrested in October 2007 on an unrelated charge under the alias of Rodrigo P. Zamora (H/m, DOB: 2-10-67). Salinas' criminal history was combined with the alias name and on Thursday (December 6) he was arrested without incident at a pretrial service for the unrelated charge. .

VHS/GO 12-7-07
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