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Police chief relieved for arrest in former Blackwell officer’s slaying

The Associated Press - February 10, 2019 9:36 am

BLACKWELL, Okla. (AP) – An Oklahoma police chief says it was a relief to hear that the suspect in the 2013 killing of one of his former officers was arrested in Mexico.
Blackwell Police Chief Dwayne Wood said Friday there were “no sweeter words.” Luis Octavio Frias, accused of fatally stabbing his ex-wife Janett Reyna 41 times in front of her children, was arrested Wednesday near Guadalajara, Mexico.
A former Blackwell police officer, Reyna filed a protective order against Frias two days before her death. At the time she was killed, Reyna was the domestic violence prevention coordinator for the Ponca Tribal Police Department.
When Frias arrived back on U.S. soil Thursday, U.S. Marshals used the same handcuffs issued to Reyna by the Blackwell Police Department to take Frias into custody.
U.S. Marshal Johnny Lee Kuhlman says the arrest came after authorities got a “very detailed tip” from someone in Guadalajara who saw the case profiled on the television show “In Pursuit with John Walsh.”

 

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