Widow reacts to arrest in convenience store murderPosted: Updated:
PEORIA, Ariz. - The widow of Lance Taylor, the man shot and killed while trying to stop a beer run in February 2010, says she's relieved her husband's killer is finally behind bars.
Chalise Taylor got the news Tuesday that U.S. marshals had arrested Manual Salazar III in Mexico.
"I was starting to lose faith a little bit, but once I got the call all faith was restored," Chalise said.
She and her husband of two years had gone to a Circle K near 43rd Avenue and McDowell Road on Feb. 19, 2010. Lance noticed two men stealing cases of beer from the store and intervened to tell the men to put them back.
Salazar allegedly then pulled a gun and pistol-whipped Chalise. Lance faught back, a decision that would cost him his life.
"He was always overprotective," Chalise said. "I'll never forget what he did for me."
She suffered minor injuries in the exchange.
Salazar fled the scene and then the country. He escaped to Mexico with the help of relatives who were arrested for aiding him.
U.S. marshals arrested Salazar in the Mexican town of Durango where he had been working in construction and hiding out.
Chalise said the arrest was a relief but reopened wounds she's spent the last year trying to heal.
"I'm going to start reliving everything again," she said.
Salazar, 21, remains in Mexico awaiting extradition back to Phoenix, something marshals say could take a while because of paperwork.