A homicide case from almost 19 years ago has come to an end. The defendant had been a fugitive hiding in Mexico since the homicide.
In the early morning hours of Sept. 17, 1995, Oscar Gomez Erives (Gomez) and his son, Oscar Edgar Erives (Edgar), were at 605 N. Pierce, the home of Gomez Erives' former girlfriend, Betty Trevino, and her mother, Lena Leija Ruiz.
When Gomez could not talk Betty into going to Mexico with him and his son, after making Lena Ruiz beg for her daughter's life, Gomez repeatedly and fatally shot Betty.
Numerous efforts through the years have been made in a cooperative effort by the 47th District Attorney's Office, the Amarillo-Potter County Special Crime Unit, the Department of Justice, U.S. Marshalls, and Federal Bureau of Investigation to find this fugitive and return him to Amarillo.
With some near misses within the last two years, Gomez was finally taken into custody in Mexico in the early morning hours of July 22, 2014, in Mexico.
Gomez was arreted on drug charges pending in Mexico and our outstanding murder warrant.
While in custody in Ciudad Juarez Chihuahua, Gomez hung himself with his own clothes around 6 p.m. on the same day that he was arrested.
An autopsy was performed, including fingerprints and photos. It confirmed the identity of the deceased as being Gomez Erives.
Trevino's mother was advised of the facts and circumstances of the death of Gomez. The case is now closed and a dismissal of the case has been granted due to the defendant being deceased.