by Victor Lopez
STANTON--The Martin County grand jury handed down an indictment against 42-year-old Juan Cazares on April 7th. Stanton Police have been looking to arrest him since April 9th. Authorities say, the fact he was found dead a week later, makes this a no win situation for everyone invovled.
"There's never going to be an opportunity for him to try to prove himself innocent or the victim to try to have their day in court. Neither one get that, at this point," Staton Police Chief Michael Adams, said.
Cazares was facing charges of sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child and had been in hiding for over a week. Now, due to his unexpected death, this case will never see the inside of a courtroom.
"It's kind of going to be a mute point from here on out. The case is dead in the water. Nothing will progress farther about the guilt or innocence in this," Chief Adams said.
Cazares had been registered at the west wind motel in Midland since April 14th under the name Arturo Aazares. According to Adams, "That's probably a relative. At this point, it obvious that probably some friends or relatives were helping him hide from us. Why in Midland? Probably because that's where he knows people and has contacts."
Chief Adams says his office received anonymous tips indicating Cazares might be suicidal, making finding him, all the more crucial. Family members say those rumors were false as well as the charges were false.
"You've got, naturally 2 sides to the coin. There's never going to be any closure on those charges. That's sad as well as the sadness in the loss of a loved one for the family," Adams said.
Midland authorities are calling this an attended death. Cazares' body has been sent out for an autopsy.