The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

December 17, 2012

Suspect in East Alabama shooting deported recently


Associated Press

— BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a convicted cocaine trafficker suspected of killing three people in east Alabama over the weekend was deported in April and re-entered the country illegally.

Bryan Cox of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says officials don't know how long 33-year-old Romero Roberto Moya had been back in the United States.

Cox says Moya was deported to Mexico in April after serving a year in Alabama for trafficking. He pleaded guilty to the charge in June 2011 following his arrest in Calhoun County.

Police say Moya was suspected in a slaying that left three Hispanic males dead in Cleburne County on Saturday. He was later shot to death by police after a two-county chase.

A Heflin police officer shot during the exchange of gunfire is recovering.