Arrest in slaying lost in translation
Zeke MacCormack: Express-News
KERRVILLE — The wheels of justice have turned so slowly for Mirella DeLaFuente that her children now openly question the commitment of elected officials tasked with obtaining it.
DeLaFuente, 37, was killed March 2, 1991, after leaving a bar on Texas 16 where she'd argued with her estranged husband, Jose Garcia DeLaFuente, according to police reports.
A witness told investigators that Jose DeLaFuente, then 50, forced his wife's car off the road and, when Mirella got out to confront him, pointed a rifle out of his pickup cab, shot several times and sped away.
"That's Kerr County's responsibility," he said last week.
"Money shouldn't be an issue. We want justice," she said.
He noted that getting a Mexican warrant six years ago hasn't led to the capture of Juan M. Castanon, charged with the 2001 slayings of Mary G. Delery, 71, and her daughter, Mary M. Delery, 51, at their home outside Kerrville.