Man Arrested in Connection with Heyburn Murder

2013-09-26T03:00:00Z Man Arrested in Connection with Heyburn MurderBy C. COLT CRANE - Twin Falls Times-News
September 26, 2013 3:00 am  • 

EDINBURG, Texas • Almost two months after Craig Glen Short was found dead at Christopher Cruz’s residence in Heyburn, Cruz was arrested in Edinburg, Texas on Tuesday.

After the Aug. 2 shooting of Short, about 50 officers were on scene from the Minidoka and Cassia county sheriffs offices, the Heyburn Police Department and Idaho State Police. Idaho Fish and Game officers helped secure the scene, where evidence was processed for 12 hours.

The case involved more than two homes and “a lot of evidence,” Minidoka County Sheriff Eric Snarr said at the time, declining to elaborate.

Cruz, 21, was suspected of shooting Short at Cruz’s residence at 423 S. 850 W., after a witness fled the scene to call 911.

A manhunt was launched and Cruz was declared “armed and dangerous.”

At the time of the shooting, police were searching for Cruz and a possible accomplice, girlfriend Stephanie Pauline Juarez, 32, of Heyburn. Juarez has not been charged, but she remains a person of interest in the case.

Cruz is being held at the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office in Edinburg, Texas on a $1 million bond for charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. He is being processed for extradition to Idaho, according to a Minidoka County Sheriff’s Office press release.

“We’re still actively investigating the case,” Snarr said.

Charges against Cruz were filed on Aug. 8.

“I can’t say more than that,” Snarr said. “It should hopefully make more sense tomorrow after we’ve had time to process everything.”

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