Arrest made in 2010 cold case murder

LA JUNTA, Colo. - The Otero County Sheriff's Office says an arrest has been made in a homicide that happened seven years ago. 

Julian Pena Morales, 39, faces a first-degree murder charge in the 2010 death of his brother-in-law, Ronnie Griego.

Griego was found dead outside of a rural farm in Otero County on July 18, 2010. Authorities have been searching for Pena-Morales since he left the state a few days later.

Pena-Morales was arrested in Ipswich, South Dakota on March 22, 2017. He is being held in South Dakota on $600,000 bond. He is expected to be extradited back to Colorado.

The Otero County Sheriff's Office, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation worked together to find Pena-Morales.


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