Houston murder suspect jailed in Valley after 8 years on the run

Murder Victim P.J. Rodriguez // Crime Stoppers of Houston Photo

A Houston area capital murder suspect spent eight years on the run but is now sitting behind bars in the Cameron County Jail.

Cameron County Sheriff's Department deputies booked 29-year-old Rogelio Mora on Thursday for a capital murder charge out of Houston.

Details about Mora's arrest were not immediately available.

According to the Crime Stoppers of Houston Facebook page, Mora is wanted for the May 2002 murder of P.J. Rodriguez.

Rodriguez and his friends were out celebrating their high school graduation when Mora and his friends approached them.

Mora allegedly pulled out a gun and tried to rob Rodriguez and his friends.

As they ran away, Mora allegedly shot and killed Rodriguez.

According to Crime Stoppers of Houston, two of the suspects were sentenced to life in prison for their roles in the murder.

Another suspect got 10 years in prison for aggravated robbery while Mora remained a fugitive.

Investigators reported that Mora was believed to have spent time traveling between Mexico and Houston.