St John detectives arrested within the chilly case of the 1975 Homicide – NBC 6 South Florida
St John police say they solved a 45-year-old cold case with the arrest of 68-year-old Hipolito Guzman.
The 1975 warrant of the incident states that Guzman discouraged witnesses and later acted as a getaway driver while the victim, Jose Caesar Pacheco, was stabbed to death.
“Your honor, we’re trying to figure out whether this is a verifiable case or not, you know, it’s obviously about 45 years,” Prosecutor Eileen Keeley told Bond Court on Friday.
She found that her team was able to track down the detective who had handled the 1975 case.
Guzman had a private attorney who appeared on Zoom during the hearing. Prosecutors now have 21 days to decide whether or not to bring charges against Guzman for first degree murder.
Prosecutor Katherine Fernandez Rundle issued a statement saying in part, “Jose Caesar Pacheco’s family and relatives waited 45 years for their chance to get justice for his murder. With the capture of Hipolito Guzman, that waiting is now finished. “