Man charged in couple's murder, victims' family reacts

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GILMER, TX (KLTV) - The manhunt for a suspected double killer is over. Miguel Angel Espinal, 25, was arrested overnight in Hopkins County near Sulphur Springs. Espinal is accused of brutally stabbing Subrina and Danny Clark on New Year's Day.

Tuesday, Miguel Espinal was in court to answer to murder charges.

"The very fact that one of the victims in this case was handicap, as has been reported, that certainly makes it more disgusting for me," said Billy Byrd, the Upshur County District Attorney.

As family members of Subrina and Danny Clark looked on, authorities laid out their case against Espinal.

"He acted out of some jealously and went to that location and he acted out," said Byrd. "Probably multiple weapons that were used in the commission of this murder. We do have several knives that are in possession of the Gilmer Police Department."

The 25-year-old is in the U.S. illegally from Honduras, and has been for five years. Police say he has been living in Sulphur Springs, and his girlfriend was related to the Clarks.

"We believe we have clothing that he as wearing at the time of the murders took place," said Byrd.

Investigators say witnesses saw Espinal right after Friday's double murder.

"When he went inside that residence, he had a conversation with those individuals and was covered in blood at that time," said Byrd. "That was another part of the crime scene...that there was blood and DNA evidence left there."

As the Clarks' family grieves, Espinal's capture brings a small sense of relief.

"I love my daughter and she was a good girl and I love my son-in-law too," said Delbert Huggins, Subrina's father. "That they got him, that's the main thing, that they got him. We appreciate our law enforcement, and we want to thank all of our law enforcement."

"He's where he needs to be," said Byrd. "He's where we plan on him staying and we don't anticipate him ever walking the streets again."

District Attorney Byrd says it is too early in the investigation to know if he will seek the death penalty. Espinal is in Upshur County Jail Tuesday night on a $5,000,000 bond.

Multiple agencies including, ICE U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as state and federal law enforcement agencies aided in the capture of Espinal.

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