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While an alleged killer made it to the border of Mexico after the murder of her husband, she didn’t exactly escape.
Jacob Ledward, 24, was murdered in May in Odessa, Texas; his body was found after police conducted a welfare check on him, the Midland Reporter-Telegram reported in May. The details of his death are unclear.
Soon after Ledward’s body was found, police had their eyes on his wife Clara Ledward, 29, as a potential suspect. Just days after Jacob's body was found, the Odessa Police announced that she was wanted for murder. But she wasn't around to face charges.
“Early into the investigation, the Odessa Police Department became aware of the fact that Ms. Ledward fled to Mexico,” police noted in a Friday press release. “Our partners with the FBI assisted by issuing an Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution arrest warrant in order for us to work with the Government of Mexico in her apprehension.”
On Thursday, Mexican authorities in Ojinaga, Chihuahua located her and arrested her. The arrest was not without incident.
“During her arrest, Clara Ledward sustained non-life-threatening gunshot wounds,” police state. Details of what led to the shooting were not clear.
Clara was extradited back to Texas where she received medical care for her gunshot wounds. She is expected to be formally indicted on first-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence charges. It's not clear if she has an attorney.
Her late husband’s family has expressed some relief following her arrest.
“We his family give all praise and thanks to God for her capture as well as all those who have been involved in making it happen,” they said in a statement obtained by local outlet KLST-TV. “This is just the first step toward getting ‘Justice for Jacob.’”
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