Man found guilty of killing his girlfriend back in 2007

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PHOENIX - The following is a release from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office:

County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced today that Ivan Hernandez-Olvera, 28 (DOB 6/30/80), has been found guilty on a first degree murder charge for fatally shooting his former 21 year-old girlfriend.

Chandler police, responding to a 911 call, found the victim's body lying on the street near Price Road and Warner Avenue in Chandler just after 10 p.m. on November 17, 2007.

The defendant was apparently attempting to flee to his native Mexico when he was captured by local police and border patrol agents in Nogales, Arizona on November 18, 2007. Hernandez-Olvera is in the country illegally and had been living in Tempe. The jury returned its guilty verdict on March 12, 2009. He faces a sentence of Life in prison.

According to a Chandler police probable cause statement, a bicyclist observed a vehicle pulled to the side of the road. A man was standing on the driver's side of the vehicle conversing with a woman standing on the passenger side of the car. The bicyclist observed the man motioning toward himself and yelling at the woman. The woman went around the back of the car and when she approached the man he pulled out a gun and fired several shots in rapid succession.

The man then got into the car and left the scene. The victim was left in the road until emergency personnel took her to Scottsdale Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Further to the probable cause statement, the victim had no ID and was identified after a man - later identified as the defendant - called both Tempe and Chandler police dispatchers to check on the shooting victim.

After these calls, police were able to identify the victim and make contact with her family. Police then discovered a history of domestic violence in connection with the victim's former boyfriend, Hernandez-Olvera. When the defendant's car was spotted near the border, it was observed until he retuned to it. After a brief foot-chase, he was arrested. A 9 mm handgun was found in the car.

Thomas commented: "This young woman had her life stolen by a violent act. My thoughts for her family are that they will eventually be able to find some peace beyond this tragedy."

Hernandez-Olvera will be sentenced on April 15, 2009 in the courtroom of Judge Teresa A. Sanders. He was indicted on November 28, 2007 on one count of First Degree Murder, a class one dangerous felony and a domestic violence offense. Deputy County Attorney Ted Duffy is prosecuting the case.