Officials confirmed on Tuesday a woman arrested in Germany is one of the suspects sought in a 2014 East Feliciana Parish double killing.
Dulce Maria Funez — accused in the slaying of Eddie Hall, 53, and his wife, Connie Hall, 51, at their Lillian Lane home in Ethel on April 27, 2014 — is being held in Germany, said U.S. Marshal Kevin Harrison of the Middle District of Louisiana.
Her arrest was reported last month, but official confirmation of her identity did not arrive until last week, Harrison said. He was unable to provide information on the exact location and facility where Funez is being held.
Funez and a co-defendant, Armando Reyes Diaz, were indicted by a 20th Judicial District grand jury May 20, 2014, each on two counts of first-degree murder, though both had vanished after the slayings. Harris said authorities are still searching for Diaz.
Harrison said he does not know how Funez might have traveled to Germany.
Sam D’Aquilla, the 20th Judicial District Attorney, said extradition proceedings for Funez are underway after his office sent his German counterparts a packet containing prosecutorial and law enforcement affidavits, autopsy reports, witness statements, a copy of the indictment and a letter promising the agency would not seek the death penalty.
Germany, where the death penalty is illegal, does not extradite suspects to countries where they face the possibility of being executed.
D’Aquilla, who said his office is working with the U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. State Department on the extradition proceedings, said it could take four to six weeks for Funez to arrive in East Feliciana Parish.
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