State Police arrest suspect wanted in connection with 2014 double murder in Ethel

Published: Jun. 25, 2016 at 2:26 AM CDT
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Armando Reyes Diaz (Source: Louisiana State Police)
Armando Reyes Diaz (Source: Louisiana State Police)
Eddy Earl and Connie Hall (Source: Hall family)
Eddy Earl and Connie Hall (Source: Hall family)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Police arrested a woman wanted in connection with the 2014 double murder of an Ethel couple in East Feliciana Parish.

Louisiana State Police arrested one of two suspects, 31-year-old Dulce Maria Funez, wanted for the murders of Eddy Earl Hall and Connie Hall after being extradited from Germany.

State Police  are still trying to locate the second suspect, 33-year-old Armando Reyes Diaz.

In 2014, investigators obtained arrest warrants for Reyes Diaz and Funez, with each facing two counts of first-degree murder. Both suspects were indicted by an East Feliciana jury in May 2014.

The two suspects have been fugitives since 2014 as U.S. Marshals have worked to locate them. In December 2015, authorities in Germany arrested Funez, who was detained until her extradition back to Louisiana on June 24.

Eddy Earl Hall, 53, and his wife, Connie, 51, were found dead inside their home in Ethel on April 27.

Loved ones said Eddy was a well-known painter and owned his own painting business, while Connie was a homemaker and cleaned homes on a part-time basis.

Louisiana State Police and Homeland Security Investigations assisted the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office with the investigation.

"This is an example of how law enforcement partnerships can achieve positive results stretching from rural Louisiana to across the globe," said Col. Mike Edmonson with State Police. "Officers from all agencies involved have gone above and beyond to bring this suspect closer to justice, and in doing so help bring this tragic case one step closer to completion."

According to LSP, several along with the U.S. Marshals helped out in bringing Funez to Louisiana.

Funez will be booked into the East Feliciana Parish Jail.

Anyone with information related to Reyes Diaz is urged to call LSP at (225) 925-6536 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

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