Man sur­ren­ders af­ter 55 years

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

SAN AN­TO­NIO: A man who turned him­self in for a 1962 fa­tal shoot­ing in Texas was tired of hav­ing an ar­rest war­rant haunt­ing him and was weary of liv­ing un­der an as­sumed name.

Pete Or­tiz Jr, now 75, was in­dicted in March 1963 on a mur­der charge over the fa­tal shoot­ing of Joe Ovalle, a sign painter who was killed in his drive­way be­fore Christ­mas.

A judge asked Or­tiz: “Where have you been all these 55 years?”

“I work all the time,” Or­tiz replied. “I work in the fields pick­ing cot­ton. I fol­lowed the mi­grants to Wis­con­sin.”

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