Denver City Man Arrested, Accused of Murdering Wife in 2009

Denver City Man Arrested, Accused of Murdering Wife in 2009
Alicia Neaves
NewsWest 9

DENVER CITY -  A West Texas family finally has some closure after the husband of a woman killed nearly five years ago was caught in Mexico.

"We've got a lot of work to do to get through this entire thing," Denver City Police Lieutenant, Charles Higgs, lead investigator on this case, said.

On Thursday, March 20, with the help of the Mexican Federal Police, Mario Romero was arrested in Chihuahua, Mexico. He is accused of killing his wife Veronica Esquivel Romero.

"Basically this was a domestic situation," Higgs said.

NewsWest 9 spoke with a neighbor who did not want to be on camera. She says she would sometimes see the Romero's arguing outside. She remembers how the Romero's porch light would always be turned on at night. But on October 15, 2009, the night of Veronica's murder, she vividly remembers the light turned off.

According to police, Romero took off that night with the couple's three year old son, Mitchell. An Amber Alert was issued, but one month later, Mitchell was killed in a rollover accident in Mexico. 

The Chihuahua newspaper "El Heraldo" wrote an article about Mario's arrest. The article says that just days before Veronica's murder, she had complained to police about injuries made by her husband. It also says the last time Mitchell saw his mother was when she was lying lifeless under the blankets. The medical examiner determined Veronica was strangled to death.

"Thanks to U.S. federal officials who have worked on this case and made sure this arrest took place," Higgs said.

Denver City Police are currently seeking Mario Romero's extradition back to the United States.