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Alleged gang member charged in double murder from 2008

Hector Retana (Source: Mecklenberg County, NC Jail) Hector Retana (Source: Mecklenberg County, NC Jail)

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - The Butler County Prosecutor's Office has announced an indictment involving a double homicide from 2008.

Hector Alvarenga Retana, 22, has been indicted for two counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempted aggravated murder and charges involving intimidation of a witness and participating in a criminal gang.

Retana is accused of murdering two Honduran natives: Evelvin Osveli Morales, 20, and Marlon Enamorado-Gomez, 21, on Sunday, July 13, 2008 near Casa Tequila on Dixie Highway in Fairfield, Ohio.

Evelvin Morales and Marlon Enamorado-Gomez were front-seat occupants in a parked vehicle in which Jimmy Enamorado-Gomez (brother of Marlon), age 19, was a back seat passenger.  Another vehicle approached and Retana opened fire from the vehicle, killing the two front seat occupants.  Both men were shot in the head. 

"The Fairfield Police Department has been working relentlessly on solving this double homicide since the night it happened," said Robin Piper, Butler County Prosecutor. "They have followed numerous leads made difficult because of language barriers. They have traveled out of state, interviewing witnesses, and have enlisted the support of other law enforcement agencies, including the F.B.I."

"We know Retana has been a transient, locating in several cities throughout the country, and has had other run-ins with the law," said Fairfield Police Chief Michael Dickey. "It's our belief he is a member of MS-13, a notoriously violent, criminal gang.  We do not believe he was in Fairfield long and his movement throughout the U.S. made him difficult to track."

Law enforcement considers MS-13 to be one of the most violent organized gangs currently invading the United States.  It originates from El Salvador, migrating through the Honduras, Mexico, and now into the United States. 

The activities of MS-13 range from human trafficking, drug trafficking, murder-for-hire, as well as a host of other criminal enterprises. 

Retana is currently charged with murder, attempted murder, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill in Charlotte, NC. He is scheduled to go on trial in that case on November 8, 2010.

Retana is also charged with aggravated murder with a firearm specification and two counts of felonious assault with firearm specifications for the fatal shooting that occurred at The Corinthian in Corryville, Ohio in the early morning hours of July 27, 2008. 

It is expected Retana will not go on trial in Ohio until after his trial in North Carolina. He faces the death penalty if convicted in Butler County.

"We weren't going to let this turn into a 'cold case', it was just a matter of following all the leads and piecing the information together," said Piper. "We do not pursue the death penalty lightly, but when the punishment fits the crime that is what we go with."

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