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Texas Woman Murdered Husband,
Fled to Mexico, Got Shot by
Mexican Authorities, and Lived to
Face Charges: Police
Jerry Lambe
Clara Jassmin Ledward. (Image via the Odessa,
Texas Police Department.)
A Texas woman accused of murdering her husband and evading capture for more than two months by fleeing to Mexico was taken into custody after being shot by law enforcement officers on Thursday, police said.
According to a news release from the Odessa Police
Department (OPD), officers arrested Clara Jassmin
Ledward, 29, on Thursday evening at a Brewster
County hospital in Alpine, Texas. She was then charged with murdering her husband, Jacob Ledward,
24, on May 16.
OPD said that the apprehension of Ledward was a multi-agency collaboration by federal and state law enforcement organizations as well as authorities in
Mexico.
"Early into the investigation, the Odessa Police De- partment became aware of the fact that Ms. Ledward fled to Mexico. 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,' the department said.
"On Clara Ledward was taken into cus- tody by Mexican authorities in Ojinaga, Chihuahua,
Mexico. During her arrest, Clara Ledward sustained non-life threatening gunshot wounds. The Mexican authorities extradited Ledward to the United States
and to Brewster County for medical care."
Worth CBS affiliate KTVT reported that
Jacob Ledward was found dead in the couple's home located in the 2000 block of East Street in
Odessa. Following Jacob's death, OPD initially wanted Clara Ledward for questioning but soon thereafter issued a warrant for her arrest on suspi- cion of murder.
Texas Woman Murdered Husband, Fled to Mexico, Got Shot by Mexican Authorities, and Lived to Face Charges: Police Jerry Lambe Clara Jassmin Ledward. (Image via the Odessa, Texas Police Department.) A Texas woman accused of murdering her husband and evading capture for more than two months by fleeing to Mexico was taken into custody after being shot by law enforcement officers on Thursday, police said. According to a news release from the Odessa Police Department (OPD), officers arrested Clara Jassmin Ledward, 29, on Thursday evening at a Brewster County hospital in Alpine, Texas. She was then charged with murdering her husband, Jacob Ledward, 24, on May 16. OPD said that the apprehension of Ledward was a multi-agency collaboration by federal and state law enforcement organizations as well as authorities in Mexico. "Early into the investigation, the Odessa Police De- partment became aware of the fact that Ms. Ledward fled to Mexico. 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,' the department said. "On Clara Ledward was taken into cus- tody by Mexican authorities in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico. During her arrest, Clara Ledward sustained non-life threatening gunshot wounds. The Mexican authorities extradited Ledward to the United States and to Brewster County for medical care." Worth CBS affiliate KTVT reported that Jacob Ledward was found dead in the couple's home located in the 2000 block of East Street in Odessa. Following Jacob's death, OPD initially wanted Clara Ledward for questioning but soon thereafter issued a warrant for her arrest on suspi- cion of murder.