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A man has been arrested in Mexico in connection with the Southlake murder.

Update: This story has been updated to include information from the FBI.

MEXICO. A man has been arrested in Mexico and is being investigated in connection with the murder of a lawyer in Southlake Town Square in 2013, according to media reports.

The authorities consider Jose Rodolfo Villarreal Hernandez is the leader of the Beltrán Leyva cartel, according to Reform Agency. According to the Mexican prosecutor’s office, he was arrested in Mexico City.

His arrest was requested by the US authorities, who wanted his extradition due to “probable responsibility for the crimes of interstate prosecution and the criminal community for the purpose of committing murder,” the Mexican Attorney General’s Office said in a written statement.

According to KXAS-TV (NBC5), Villarreal-Hernandez has been indicted on federal charges in Fort Worth after authorities suspected he ordered the killing of Juan Jesus Guerrero-Chapa, a Mexican defense attorney shot to death in the town’s Southlake Plaza, where he was doing shopping with his wife in May 2013

The FBI put him on their Top 10 Most Wanted list and offered a $1 million reward for information leading to his arrest.

According to a Mexican prosecutor’s office, the US has “60 days to submit a formal extradition request for this individual.”

On Sunday, the FBI declined to comment or release any information about the arrest.

Villarreal Hernandez’s brother, Ramon Villarreal Hernandez, was arrested by Mexican authorities in 2018 and later extradited to the United States.

He pleaded guilty to interstate harassment and murder-for-hire in June 2022 in Fort Worth federal court, with sentencing due January 31. Under the terms of his plea agreement, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

Kevin Krause contributed to this report.

The head of the cartel, who is suspected of murder in Southlake Town Square, is on the list of ten most wanted by the FBI.



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