Officials are working to confirm whether an East Feliciana Parish murder suspect was arrested in Germany, and prosecutors said if the arrest is verified they will not seek the death penalty in her case so she can be extradited from that country.
Authorities learned through international law enforcement channels of the capture of a woman believed to be Dulce Maria Funez — one of two suspects in the April 27, 2014, slayings in Ethel of Eddie Hall, 53, and his wife, Connie Hall, 51, said U.S. Marshal Kevin Harrison.
“We’re fairly confident that this is the woman we’re looking for,” said Harrison, whose office is leading the search for the suspects. Louisiana State Police and the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office are investigating the slayings, said State Police spokesman Maj. Doug Cain, who confirmed authorities are trying to verify the arrest.
Harrison, whose office has jurisdiction in the Baton Rouge area, said he could not provide information on the circumstances of the woman’s arrest or what German city she’s being held in. He said he could not give an update on the whereabouts or arrest status of Funez’s co-defendant, Armando Reyes Diaz.
Funez and Diaz were indicted May 20, 2014, by a grand jury on two counts each of first-degree murder, said 20th Judicial District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla, who prosecutes in East and West Feliciana parishes. D’Aquilla said Tuesday if Funez were indeed arrested, he would send a letter to German authorities promising to not seek the death penalty in her case.
Officials in Germany, which abolished the death penalty, have stated the country will not allow defendants to be extradited if they face capital punishment abroad.
The International Criminal Police Organization issued a red notice for the suspects to alert participating countries that the pair is wanted, Harrison said. The suspects are also the subject of 20th Judicial District arrest warrants and federal warrants under the unlawful flight to avoid prosecution law, Harrison said.
The Halls were found stabbed to death in their home on Lillian Lane in Ethel. The month after the slayings, police issued warrants for Funez and Diaz on two counts each of first-degree murder and released a description of a white vehicle the pair were thought to have been using. The vehicle was later found.
Harrison said at least one of the suspects worked for the Halls. Authorities said last year the suspects didn’t have a fixed address.