A woman accused in the slaying of a couple in Ethel in 2014 has been extradited to Louisiana, some six months after she was arrested in Germany, officials said Friday.
Dulce Maria Funez was brought to State Police headquarters on Friday evening, said State Police spokesman Sgt. Jared Sandifer.
Funez and Armando Reyes Diaz were indicted on first-degree murder charges in the slayings of Connie Hall, 51, and her husband, Eddie Hall, 53, at the couple’s residence on Lillian Lane in Ethel on April 27, 2014.
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Sam D’Aquilla, 20th Judicial District attorney, said earlier Friday that Funez was to have been booked briefly in the East Feliciana Parish jail before being moved to a women’s facility. Funez is scheduled to appear for a brief hearing Saturday, perhaps at the jail, he said.
Funez was a laborer for the Halls’ painting business, and Diaz was Funez’s boyfriend, D’Aquilla said.
Though Funez has been detained in Germany at least as of December, her transport to the U.S. to face prosecution on two counts of first-degree murder was slowed because Germany — where the death penalty is illegal — does not extradite suspects to countries where defendants could be executed by the state.
D’Aquilla said in January his office sent German authorities paperwork promising that Funez would not face the death penalty if she is convicted in Louisiana.
Diaz is still at large, D’Aquilla said.
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