Man convicted in decade-old Goodyear murder - CBS 5 - KPHO

Man convicted in decade-old Goodyear murder

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GOODYEAR, AZ (CBS5) -

A suspect in a Goodyear murder case was sentenced to 11 years in prison, closing a cold case that went unsolved for a decade.

Narcizo Yepiz-Urrea was sentenced March 17 in the shooting death of Maria Barajas, 27, of Mexico, whose body was found March 16, 2004, in an undeveloped neighborhood in the area of 155th Avenue and Centerra Drive, said Lisa Kutis of the Goodyear Police Department.

An autopsy determined she died from a gunshot wound to the head, Kutis said.

Goodyear Detective James Dougal eventually reopened the case and collected interviews and new evidence he submitted to the Arizona Department of Public Safety crime lab, which generated a suspect profile.

In 2012 the DPS crime lab received a "hit" on the FBI DNA database from the U.S. Border Patrol in Douglas, Kutis said.

The Goodyear Police Department was contacted by the U.S. Border Patrol and learned that Yepiz-Urrea had been detained in connection with suspected drug trafficking. During his detention, he admitted to Border Patrol agents that he had shot and killed his girlfriend in 2004, Kutis said.

Yepiz-Urrea pled guilty to second-degree murder and domestic violence on March 17 and was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

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