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Texas Murder Suspect Arrested in Wilson

Posted April 17, 2008
Updated April 19, 2008

— A Texas murder suspect on the run for 19 years was captured in Wilson on Thursday, the United States Marshals Service said.

Esteban Moreno Berlanga, 48, of Wilson, was arrested at 915 S. Pender St. around 11:30 a.m., marshals said.

Berlanga also went by the name Juan Raya Landis.

Berlanga was wanted in connection with the 1989 shooting of a man in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Texas officials allege Berlanga snuck into his girlfriend’s house and found her with another man. Police said Berlanga became enraged, shooting and killing the man.

Authorities arrested Berlanga soon after, but was released on bond. The Texas courts issued an arrest warrant on Feb. 16, 1989, after Berlanga failed to appear on charges of murder and conspiracy to possess marijuana.


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  • ladyblue Apr 18, 2008

    That's great. It's what you call the long arm of the law>>>>>>>>>>>>Good job...

  • I_am_not_Jeff Apr 18, 2008

    Coolwill, and Origan is a special type of device I can't even begin to describe, it is very top secret. John told me so. Owwwww

  • just my2cents Apr 18, 2008

    Nice....glad to know he is finally going to face punishment. We surely did not need him here in Wilson.

  • oftenbad Apr 18, 2008

    Bail is a joke! I was told that his bail set in Raleigh had originally been set at $25,000. Thank goodness it is now at $500k CASH!!!

  • Panther Apr 18, 2008

    Looks like another one will be on Texas death row in a year or so.

  • Dayum Sessy Apr 18, 2008

    glad he was FINALLY caught!

  • 3potato4 Apr 18, 2008

    What is the reasoning of Judges allowing bail to be set for someone brought up on murder charges??? Especially for folks that know the ins and outs of obtaining false identities.

  • coolwill Apr 18, 2008

    what is the origan?