Arrest Made in 1974 Police Officer Murder

By Bill O’Neil

43 years later–police in South Texas ay they have made an arrest in the murder of an officer in Alice.

70-year old Robert Lopez, who has been serving a life sentence in Alabama following a 1981 robbery conviction has been charged with the shooting death of Officer Matthew Murphy.

Murphy, who had served as a narcotics officer, was on patrol duty at the time he was shot during a traffic stop.

Investigators said Lopez at one point bragged to a fellow inmate about the killing.


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