Arrest made for murder of ex-Cabazon leader

Authorities in Florida arrested James “Jimmy” Hughes, 52, in connection with the 1981 murder of Fred Alvarez, who was a member of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians of California.

Alvarez, 32, his girlfriend Patty Castro, 44, and Ralph Boger, 44, were killed "execution "style" at a home in Rancho Mirage, California. Alvarez was the former vice chairman of his tribe and had come forward with allegations of tribal corruption at the time of his death.

Hughes had worked for the tribe in security. Alvarez's family long believed Hughes was connected to the crime.

Hughes was arrested at the Miami International Airport on Saturday as he was about to board a flight to Honduras, where he runs the Jimmy Hughes Ministries. He is awaiting extradition to California.

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