Morgan DA drops murder charge
By Sheryl Marsh
Morgan County District Attorney Bob Burrell dismissed a murder charge against a Puerto Rican woman after authorities were unable to find the key witness.
A court document shows that Burrell filed a notice June 15 to dismiss the case with rights to reinstate the murder charge against Evelyn Marquez, who allegedly shot her boyfriend Luis Alcazar Miranda to death in 2004.
Burrell said the victim’s brother Victor Alcazar Miranda witnessed the shooting and police have not been able to find him.
“I don’t guess I have ever had this happen before,” Burrell said.
“The eyewitness is the victim’s brother and the sheriff’s department can’t locate him. So, rather than go forward and get a dismissal or an acquittal we let it go, but we can reinstate the case at any time.”
There is no statute of limitations on murder.
Reportedly, police arrested Marquez in July 2004 after the alleged shooting at the victim’s mobile home at Lacey’s Spring.
Sheriff’s deputies found Luis Miranda shot once in the head. He later died at Huntsville Hospital.
Investigators said the gunshot stemmed from an argument between the two.
Authorities said the victim’s brother tried to intervene and the victim attacked him.
Authorities said Marquez then shot Luis Miranda with a .25 caliber pistol.
At the time of the shooting, Marquez was in the county jail on bonds totaling $20,600.
Jail personnel said Thursday there were no records in the computer system showing when she was released.
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