Man Gets Life After Cold Case Solved

CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston

HOUSTON (CBS Houston) A Harris County jury has convicted Saul Serna, 40, and sentenced him to life in prison Thursday.

Serna was convicted of the 1998 murder of 19 year-old Ali Scott in north Harris County.

Officials from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office provided additional details: “On April 20, 1998, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Serna and three other men broke into an apartment at 2402 Bammelwood Dr. Ali Scott, 19, and Darrion Surgers, 18 were inside the apartment at the time and exchanged gunfire with the burglars. Ali Scott and suspect Christopher Ibarra, 22, were killed in the exchange. The remaining three suspects fled the scene. After an initial investigation the case went unsolved.:

Authorities added that additional information on the case was surfaced in 2007 and the investigation continued through 2011.

With the new evidence coupled with previous evidence, the three remaining suspects were identified and charged with capital murder. They include: Saul B. Serna, Austin J. Moore, and Jesus Serna. “Moore is awaiting court proceedings for the case, [while] Jesus “Jessie” Serna, 43, is a wanted fugitive,” added authorities.

“The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating Jesus Serna. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact the HCSO’s Criminal Warrants Division at 713-755-6055, Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS, or submit a tip through iWatchHarrisCounty.”

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