A fugitive convicted of first degree murder in 2008 was returned to the United States Wednesday after spending 10 years in Mexico, according to a news release from the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office.
Oscar Davila Rodriguez, 35, had been on the run since failing to appear on the last day of his trial in the 398th District Court for the 2005 murder of his ex-girlfriend, 19-year-old Nydia Maldonado, who he killed in her home in McAllen.
The victim had been strangled and suffered multiple stab wounds. During the trial, which began July 1, 2008, the prosecution presented evidence that Rodriguez broke into her residence and killed her. Although Rodriguez failed to appear for the last day of his trial, the jury found him guilty of first degree murder and sentenced him to serve 40 years in prison.
According to the news release, the fugitive investigation was conducted by the FBI with assistance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Texas Department of Public Safety and the Maverick County Sherriff’s Office. In Mexico, the efforts of the Governor of Coahuila, Miguel Riquelme, and the state police, Fuerza Coahuila, were instrumental in the apprehension and deportation of the fugitive to the United States.
“The apprehension and return of the defendant highlights the outstanding law enforcement collaboration among agencies in the United States and Mexico and demonstrates the bilateral tenacity involved in bringing those who threaten our communities to justice,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division, said in the news release.
Rodriguez will serve his sentence at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division.