(KRIS) More than 40 years after an Alice, Texas police officer was murdered on duty, investigators think they know who pulled the trigger.
Officer Matt Murphy was shot to death while making a traffic stop in December of 1974. Now 43-years later, authorities have issued an arrest warrant for 70-year-old Roberto Lopez, the man they believe is responsible.
Lopez is already in prison, serving a life sentence in Alabama for armed robbery. Now he faces a capital murder charge. The Texas Rangers and the Alice Police Department reopened the investigation into the murder this January, after a prison warden in Alabama said a "jailhouse snitch" had information that implicated Lopez in the shooting.
It has been four decades since his death, but the pain of loss is still fresh for those who worked with Murphy.
"I was totally angry," Doroteo Martinez, a former Alice police officer, said. "I wanted to ask questions: who, when, where, and why?"
Read more: http://bit.ly/2yZJfiP
- Cold case cracked 43 years after police officer's death
- Rome Home Expo celebrates 43 years
- DJ charged with murder in 1992 cold case
- Remembering Utica Police Officer Thomas Lindsey, 11 years later
- Oneida County Sheriff's Office offers cold weather safety tips
- Near Record Cold Friday
- Cold Hard Cash
- Cold this weekend
- Progress slow, 50 years after MLK's death
- Teen arrested following Maryland officer's death