Prosecutors claim DNA links suspect to Weslaco cold case

      Arturo Sanchez Almaguer is accused a double murder in Weslaco

      Prosecutors claim advances in DNA testing have linked a cold case suspect to the murder of an elderly Weslaco couple.

      Arturo Sanchez Almaguer appeared before Judge Rose Guerra Reyna in the 206th State District Court for a pre-trial hearing on Wednesday.

      Almaguer is accused of the 1988 murder of Evan and Wilda Squires.

      The couple was robbed and killed in their home at the Magic Valley Mobile Home Park 24 years ago.

      Last November, Almaguer was extradited back to Weslaco from Grand Rapids, Michigan after DNA evidence linked him to the crime.

      The Hidalgo County District Attorney's Office is working on the case and will present Almaguer with the DNA evidence this week.

      Prosecutors said he will have until Friday to enter a plea bargain.

      Judge Reyna set the next hearing for the case for November 13th.