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Fugitive murder suspect extradited from Mexico to stand trial in Texas

February 18, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Fugitive murder suspect extradited from Mexico to stand trial in Texas

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The FBI says a fugitive murder suspect in the 1991 stabbing death of a Texas woman has been extradited from Coahuila, Mexico to the U.S. to stand trial for murder.

FBI officials said Blas Tierrablanca was placed in the custody of the Texas Rangers on Friday.

Tierrablanca was arrested in the border city of Ciudad Acuna, located just across from Del Rio, Texas in September as part of a collective effort involving law enforcement agencies in Mexico and the U.S. and Mexico.

Tierrablanca stand accused of killing 35-year-old Brenda Smith, who was stabbed multiple times in 1991 in Sealy Texas, located about 55 miles west of Houston.

An investigation subsequently identified Tierrablanca as the suspect in Smith’s murder, Sealy News reported.

Texas authorities issued a warrant for Tierrablanca. However, FBI officials determined the fugitive murder suspect had crossed into Mexico, where investigators believed he lived for the past 26 years.

“My office never gave up hope that one day Tierrablanca would be found,” District Attorney Travis Koehn said. “We’re grateful to the officers who diligently worked the case in 1991 and grateful that the combined

efforts of law enforcement have given us the chance to finally pursue justice for Ms. Smith in an Austin County courtroom,” Koehn added.

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