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Fayetteville man surrenders in Connecticut, confesses to murder

Posted December 29, 2011

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— A Fayetteville man accused of killing his girlfriend and kidnapping their daughter surrendered in New Haven on Thursday and confessed to the murder, according to police.

Jose Alexander Zelaya, 23, drove to a Walmart and asked store employees where he could find the nearest police station.

He then told West Haven, Conn., police that "he was afraid officers would kill him because he had left his daughter at what he thought was a truck stop and had killed someone in North Carolina," police said.

He was being held in Millford on a $500,000 bond on a first-degree murder charge. He has refused extradition to North Carolina, according to police, and will appear in court again on Jan. 10.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's homidice unit, along with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, have placed a detainer on Zelaya to determine if he is in the U.S. legally.

Zelaya is accused of shooting and killing his girlfriend, 22-year-old Miriam Latisha Reyes, at her 2227 Waco Drive home in Fayetteville early Tuesday, kidnapping their 22-month-old daughter, Juliana Reyes, and stealing a neighbor's truck.

A delivery driver found the little girl abandoned in front a closed business at a Newport News, Va., shopping center on Tuesday. She was wearing only a purple T-shirt and dirty diaper but was unharmed.

Juliana is now with her maternal grandparents in Fayetteville.

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  • cantstandya Dec 30, 2011

    mikeyj, You must have a mouse in your pocket when you say we failed this young man,if you choose to be blame someone please do not include the rest of us,we will soon read possibly if they follow up on this story that he was an illegal and using this young girl as a safe haven.

  • wildcat Dec 30, 2011

    We have failed this young man. It is truly our fault.
    mikeyj

    ITS NOT MY FAULT THAT HE KILLED THE MOTHER OF HIS DAUGHTER. YOU CAN CLAIM IT ALL YOU WANT. ITS HIS FAULT AND HE WILL PAY THE PRICE WITH LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT PAROLE.

  • wildcat Dec 30, 2011

    He ran and then he was caught. May justice be served by giving this man life in prison without seeing parole ever. Pray for the little girl who no longer has a mother.

  • mikeyj Dec 29, 2011

    The kid did all he know and knew how. Afterall he wasn't in school at age 4. So it is society's fault. We have failed this young man. It is truly our fault.

  • coolwill43 Dec 29, 2011

    I hope you all know if he is given the death penalty he will not execute. Wait for it wait for it, we may hear from one of the presidents from south of the border and our very own president if he gets the death penalty.

  • timmy67 Dec 29, 2011

    PUT ME AS A JUROR I WILL FIND HIM GUILTY FROM THE START

  • timmy67 Dec 29, 2011

    HE SURE WON,T GET NO PROBATION, HE WILL GET LIFE IN PRISON, BUT HE COULD FACE FEDERAL CHARGES OF KIDNAPPING.

  • Coretta Scott Thing Dec 29, 2011

    If I ever killed someone, I'd immediately fly off to a country that refuses to extradite back to the USA if the prosecutors are considering the death penalty such as Finland, Iceland, Ireland, all of the EU thank goodness, Canada ( of course!) Australia and even Mexico. It's not that hard for someone on the run to at least save their own lives.

  • surfnturf27 Dec 29, 2011

    ...He's admitted to this killing and we still have to have his trial, find jurors who aren't bias, give him a state paid for attorney, allow for his appeal If he's found guilty....EVERYONE loses with this criminal!

  • kellypsnll Dec 29, 2011

    he saved the police a lot of time and aggrevation by turning himself in. maybe he has a conscience after all. to bad he didn't listen to it when he pulled the trigger.

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