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Sep 17, 2014 11:20 PM

TV show helps spur arrest in 1997 Arizona killing

The Associated Press

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) Police say a television show that featured the nearly two-decade-old killing of an Arizona teenager and her unborn baby helped lead to the arrest of her ex-boyfriend.

Cecilio Cruz was arrested in Tucson on charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter. Police in the city of Cottonwood, about 100 miles north of Phoenix, say Cruz fatally shot 17-year-old Marisol Gonzalez in the face on March 25, 1997.

TNT's "Cold Justice" aired the case in February. Police Sgt. Tod Moore says an investigative team from the show helped review dozens of leads and conduct interviews.

A grand jury in Yavapai County indicted Cruz last week. He bonded out of the Pima County jail on Wednesday.

Authorities were unsure whether he had an attorney, and possible phone numbers for Cruz went unanswered.


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