DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A federal fugitive and mother of two, Maria Montalvo was wanted in connection with the murder of her husband nearly ten years ago.

Now she’s in jail.

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Montalvo was extradited to Dallas County for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution for murder.

“Our agency has never stopped looking for Montalvo and now that she is in jail where she belongs, we can pursue justice for the victim and his family,” said DeSoto Police Chief Joe Costa.

Maria Montalvo (courtesy: Dallas County District Attorney’s Office)

She was captured on May 19, 2020 in San Diego, California attempting to cross the border into the United States. She was flagged by a U.S. Custom and Border Protection agent and taken into custody after her identity was confirmed.

She is accused of murdering her husband, 43-year-old Simon Montalvo, in April 2013, at their home in Desoto as their two children slept upstairs.

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His body was found in the couple’s backyard under heavy bricks and stones. He was shot six times; two of those shots were to the back of his head.

Montalvo was escorted back to Dallas County by deputies with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department and is currently in custody at the Dallas County Jail.

”Criminals will never get away with heinous crimes like this in Dallas County. My office, and our partners in law enforcement, will track them down to face prosecution,” said Dallas County Criminal District Attorney John Creuzot.


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