10:25 a.m Monday UPDATE: Simon Lopez was arraigned this morning. His bond has been set at 2 million dollars. He does not want a court appointed attorney. His mother will be hiring an attorney for him.
1:00 p.m. Saturday UPDATE (by Ian Smith, KLTV)
Smith County D.A. Matt Bingham will be speaking to the Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs early next week to discuss the possibility of pursuing the death penalty for Simon Lopez.
Bingham told KLTV 7 the death penalty may or may not be an option because Lopez was expelled from Mexico--not extradited.
9:00 a.m. Saturday UPDATE (by Joe Terrell, KLTV)
Smith County Jail records show Simon Lopez was booked into the Smith County Jail at 4:59 Saturday morning after being transported by Tyler Police from Houston to Tyler. A new mug shot (in orange jail jumpsuit) shows visible marks that appear to be bruising below the right eye and on Lopez's chin. Lopez was captured Thursday by Mexican Federal Police in Mexico, transported to Houston in the custody of US Marshals and handed over to Tyler police Friday night. He had been on the run for months and was one of the US Marshal's 15 Most Wanted.
Below is booking information, including charges and bond on Lopez.
10:42 p.m. Friday UPDATE -- Released by the U.S. Marshals Service:
A U.S. Marshals "15 Most Wanted" fugitive, Simon Lopez, 26, was found and taken into custody in Querétaro, a state in North-Central Mexico, by the Mexican Federal Police Thursday. Lopez was expelled from the country, and U.S. Marshals transported him from Mexico to Houston Friday.
Lopez's arrest was a result of coordination between the U.S. Marshals Service Republic of Mexico Foreign Field Office, the U.S. Marshals Service Eastern District of Texas, the Mexican Federal Police and Mexico's National Institute of Migration.
U.S. Marshals developed information that Lopez was possibly living with family members in Querétaro. The Marshals requested assistance from a Mexican Federal Police specialized unit, which located and detained Lopez without incident. Mexico's National Institute of Migration determined that Lopez was living in Mexico illegally and expelled him.
"I cannot emphasize enough that the arrest of any fugitive beyond our borders requires a great deal of teamwork on the part of a number of agencies," said Geoff Shank, Acting Assistant Director for Investigative Operations of the U.S. Marshals Service. "I thank our law enforcement partners both stateside and in Mexico for their assistance in bringing this dangerous criminal to justice."
Lopez was wanted for allegations of murder of a 1-year-old child and is charged in Tyler, Texas, with murder and assault. It is alleged that Lopez was babysitting his girlfriend's two young toddlers, ages 1 and 3, while she went to work on the morning of Nov. 23, 2010. Soon after, Lopez contacted the children's aunt and notified her Jeremy Silva, 1, was not breathing. Lopez then dropped the child off at the aunt's house. The young boy was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead. Medical examiners determined he died from a torn atrium in his heart due to blunt force trauma to his chest. They also discovered other signs of abuse including strangulation, broken ribs and severe bruising over the child's body.
"We said from day one that we would not stop until Simon Lopez was caught and that there would be justice for Jeremy Silva," said Dan Phillips, Acting U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Texas. "All of the officers on this case have put in long hours and have been incredibly vigilant in ensuring that we did everything we could to get him in custody. Their efforts are a testimony to the fact that we will not rest until justice is served."
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Tyler Police Investigators have been informed that the United States Marshals Service, along with Mexican authorities have taken Simon Lopez into custody in Mexico. Lopez was added to the United States Marshals Service top 15 most wanted fugitives in June of this year.
The U.S. Marshals Service transported Lopez to Houston, Texas, Friday, where he will be arraigned by a District Judge on a charge of "capital murder." Lopez is accused of killing his girlfriend's one-year-old son, Jeremy Silva, of Tyler, last November. Authorities say the boy showed severe signs of abuse.
In December, Dallas Police tracked Lopez to a motel. They tried to arrest him, but Lopez escaped after trying to grab an officer's gun.
We're told Tyler Police investigators are en route to Houston to pick up Lopez and transport him back to the Smith County Jail.
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