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Police say man wanted for 2008 Abilene murder found in Mexico

By Jennifer Kendall, jkendall@ktxs.com
Published On: Jan 24 2014 05:33:48 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 25 2014 02:34:23 PM CST
Martin Talavera Jr.

After searching for six years, Abilene police announced (in January 2014) that a man wanted in connection to a local murder was finally found in Mexico. According to APD,  that man -- 26-year-old Martin Talavera Jr. -- was aone of three men allegedly involved in the 2008 murder of Albert Cardena. Cardena was found shot to death in an alley in north Abilene. The two other men involved, William Gagnon and Joe Guadalupe Rangel, had already been tried and were sentenced to life in prison.

ABILENE, Texas -

After searching for six years, Abilene police tell KTXS the man wanted in connection to a local murder has finally been found in Mexico.

According to APD,  that man is 26-year-old Martin Talavera Jr.  He is one of three men allegedly involved in the 2008 murder of Albert Cardena. Cardena was found shot to death in an alley in north Abilene.

The two other men involved, William Gagnon and Joe Guadalupe Rangel, have already been tried and sentenced to life in prison.

Since being found in Mexico, Talavera has been taken into custody and is currently awaiting extradition.

Abilene police said Talavera is currently claiming dual citizenship, but they do not believe he will be released while an extradition is still pending.

Once the extradition is approved, Abilene police said they expect the Department of Homeland Security will coordinate Talavera’s transport back to this jurisdiction with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office.

Talavera’s bond is set at $250,000.