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4-decade Texas fugitive charged in husband's death

4 decades after fleeing, woman accused of dousing husband with hot grease facing murder charge By The Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) ' Four decades after fleeing Texas authorities, an elderly woman accused of dousing her husband with hot grease is facing a murder charge in his death.

Mary Ann Rivera is scheduled to be in court Friday in Houston. The ailing 76-year-old is accused of killing her husband, Cruz Rivera, in October 1970.

Court records don't give a motive, and authorities say police were never called to the couple's Houston home for domestic violence.



Rivera was brought back to Texas this week after cold case detectives tracked her down in the small Georgia town of Lake Park.

Rivera had been a fugitive since 1970, when she posted a $10,000 bond and disappeared with her three children.

Authorities say she worked as a waitress, raised her children and made friends in Georgia.


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