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(Neb)-Illinois Police Make Arrest In Scottsbluff Murder Case

By: John Axtell Posted at: 01/06/2017 11:24 AM
SCOTTSBLUFF -   Police in Bradley, Illinois - about 60 miles south of Chicago - have arrested a Scottsbluff man for the New Year's Eve stabbing death of a woman in a Scottsbluff apartment complex.

       Scottsbluff Police Chief Kevin Spencer says extradition proceedings on charges of 1st-degree murder and felony use of a deadly weapon are pending against 64-year old Lucio Munoz.

      Spencer says an autopsy shows 48-year Melissa May, who lived in the same apartment complex, was killed between midnight and 3 a-m New Year's Eve, but her body remained undiscovered in Munoz's apartment until Tuesday when police received a call for a welfare check.

    That led the investigation to Munoz and Illinois, where he has family. Bradley Police Chief Michael Johnston told KNEB radio that Munoz was found at a relative's home and was arrested without resistance.

     Chief Spencer says that because of the distance and cost, Bradley police are conducting the initial interviews with Munoz.

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Spencer says his officers collected several knives at the murder scene and is awaiting test results on whether one of them is the murder weapon.

Munoz is being held on $2-million dollars bond with his first court appearance in Illinois set for today.


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