Arrest made in Qwest executive shooting |

Arrest made in Qwest executive shooting

DENVER ” The man accused of killing a Qwest executive in the New Castle area is under arrest.

Attorney General John Suthers today announced that Oscar Hoyos DeLaCruz was arrested for the murder of Jeffrey Rando Garrett of Aurora. Authorities believe Garrett was shot on May 14 by DeLaCruz, a ranch hand who fled to Mexico after the incident.

Garrett, 37 who was a state lobbyist for Qwest, was shot while hiding in brush and calling for turkey in the East Elk Creek area during a hunting trip. Investigators think Garrett was possibly mistaken for a turkey when he was shot.

DeLaCruz was arrested in Sinaloa, Mexico on June 15.

“After an extensive search for DeLaCruz, I’m pleased to announce that he has been taken into custody by Mexican authorities,” Suthers said. “Thanks to the work of our Foreign Prosecutions Unit, DeLaCruz will face charges in Mexico for homicide and reckless abandonment.”

Attorney General Suthers was joined by Jeff Garrett’s widow, Charlotte Garrett, District Attorney Martin Beeson and Garfield County Under Sheriff Tim Templon at today’s announcement.

“Mother’s Day this year marked the first anniversary of the death of my husband, Jeff Garrett. For my children and me, this has been a year of tears and loss. It has also been a year full of unbelievable blessings and love which has given us the strength to persevere,” Charlotte Garrett said. “This past Sunday, Father’s Day was a day to remember what a loving papa Jeff was and now it will also forever be a day to celebrate that our hopes and prayers for justice were answered.”

See tomorrow’s Post Independent for more on this story.

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