A man wanted in connection to nearly a decade-old murder of his co-worker at a Texas school district was found in Mexico and will soon face charges in the U.S., police say.
Geraldo Alvarez, 45, was recently transferred back to the U.S. and the Carrollton (Texas) police custody. Alvarez is accused of the 2013 murder of Todd Fenton. Both men worked for the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District, and Fenton was Alvarez’s supervisor.
A school bus dispatcher found Fenton’s body in a maintenance barn office near the school district’s service center, according to Carrollton police.
Police say Fenton had been shot several times in the back.
Investigators identified Alvarez when he was caught on surveillance video at the time of the shooting. He never came to work the next day, and already crossed the U.S.-Mexico border.
The U.S. Marshals and Carrollton police worked alongside Mexican authorities for seven years to take Alvarez into custody.
“This arrest was the result of dogged determination and great police work by all involved,” Carrollton Police Chief Derick Miller said. “The partnership of The U.S. Marshals, our own detective assigned to their fugitive task force, as well as the authorities in Mexico will finally allow the family of Todd Fenton some measure of peace. It may have been justice delayed, but it was not denied.”
Alvarez was arrested in October 2020, according to WFAA. He fought extradition, which delayed his return. He is now being held on $5 million bail.