Suspect Formally Charged For Irrigation Worker Murder

POSTED: Friday, March 13, 2009 - 10:09pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:32pm

Two teens are behind bars in connection with the murder of an irrigation working near Palmview. Investigators say a GPS tracking device was a major component that led them to the arrests.

17-year-old Alexander Valles and his accomplice, a 16-year-old boy, stole two cell phones in yesterday's robberies. But what they didn't know is that one of the cell phones was equipped with a tracking device that would end their freedom and put them behind bars. Valles was formally charged with aggravated robbery and capital murder. The Hidalgo Sheriff's Department used its homicide and special crimes units to canvas the area where the murder of 63-year-old Walester Cerda took place. But Sheriff Lupe Treviño says their biggest lead was the GPS tracking device inside the cell phone of the teenage boy who was also robbed by Valles and the minor.

“The parents of the 14-year-old subscribed to the GPS accessory on that phone. That’s how we were able to track it.”

The minor and Valles were arrested at their homes. Treviño says the juvenile put up a fight, whereas Valles fully cooperated with deputies.

“I have very strong feelings of this, that the 16-year-old committed 2 armed robberies and ended killing the victim.”

That’s why he has asked the district attorney to certify the boy as an adult.

“If you're going to commit an adult crime, then you should do adult time.”

Hidalgo County Sheriffs also recovered a weapon they believe was used in all the crimes. Although they don't have a motive for Cerda's murder, Treviño suspects the motive for the robberies was drugs. The bond for Valles has been set at $1,250,000.

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