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Suspect arrested in connection with Tulia murder

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Esequiel Gomez Jr. (Source: Texas DPS) Esequiel Gomez Jr. (Source: Texas DPS)

From Texas Department of Public Safety:

The CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) Section of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Crime Lab recently linked DNA evidence collected from a murder scene in Tulia, Texas, to a sexual assault investigation in Willmar, Minnesota.  The Willmar Police Department identified Esequiel Gomez Jr. as a suspect in their investigation. 

Gomez was recently arrested in Texas and has been extradited to Minnesota for the offense of aggravated sexual assault.  Investigators in connection with the Tulia case have obtained an arrest warrant charging Gomez with the offense of Capital Murder in the death of Imogene Harris.  Harris was found deceased inside her residence in Tulia (Swisher County) on Aug. 14, 2011. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma. 

In addition, investigators have linked Gomez to another criminal offense, the assault of an elderly person in Hico, Texas, in June of 2008.

The Capital Murder investigation and subsequent arrest was the result of a collaborative effort by the Tulia Police Department, Swisher County Sheriff's Department, Swisher County Attorney's Office, the DPS Crime Lab and the Texas Rangers.

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