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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Corpus Christi police make arrest in Thursday night killing

3-29-2011 Texas:

Man found dead Thursday night identified

CORPUS CHRISTI — A Corpus Christi man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of murder related to the death of a man last week.

Alfonzo Lee Soliz, 30, was arrested in San Antonio by U.S. Marshals working with the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitive Task Force. Soliz also is known as Alonso Soliz.

He is accused of killing 41-year-old Barry James Holland, who was found Thursday night laying between two houses on Mestina Street.

Police announced the arrest in a news release. Soto’s bail was set at $100,000, according to Lt. Isaac Valencia.

No other details were released because of the ongoing investigation.

The Nueces County Medical Examiner has not ruled on a cause of death and police are investigating the case as a homicide.

Witnesses who found the body said he appeared to have been stabbed.

Court records show both men have criminal records that include convictions for child sex crimes.

Holland was sentenced in 1997 to five years in prison for sexual assault of a child.

At the time of his death, Holland was free on $50,000 bail related to a felony charge that accused him of failing to register as a sex offender.

His trial was set for next week.

Soliz’s record includes a 2000 conviction for sexual assault of a child along with aggravated robbery and burglary cases. ..Source.. by John Allen


Soliz Given 30 Years for Mestina Street Murder


CORPUS CHRISTI - The man who stabbed another man to death by Corpus Christi City Hall last year is headed to prison for 25 years.

Alfonso Lee Soliz, 31, stabbed Barry Holland, 41, several times on Mestina Street in March 2011. Investigators say the two men were in a fight three days before Holland's murder.

Authorities had to track Soliz down in San Antonio afterwards. He recently entered a guilty plea and will be credited for time served. ..Source.. by

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