Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation presented evidence surrounding a homicide investigation to the Smith County Grand Jury on June 1, 2012 that resulted in indictments against three people for their involvement in the cover up of a 2007 murder in Carthage, Tenn. All three were arrested yesterday in Missouri while the main suspect in the murder remains a fugitive at large.
Maira Gregoria Artola, 53, of Milan, Mo., Carlos Alberto Artola, 52, of Milan, Mo. and Juan Carlos Artola, 28, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa were each indicted on one count of accessory after the fact, tampering with or fabricating evidence and filing a false report for helping the murder suspect, Carlos Martin Artola, conceal the crime and flee to avoid prosecution. He is the son and brother of the three arrested yesterday.
In May of 2007, Carlos Martin Artola, 33, was indicted for murder in Smith County for killing the victim, Alvaro Guadelupe Gonzalez. Carlos Martin Artola fled prior to his arrest and remains a fugitive. On April 29, 2007, Carlos Martin Artola killed Gonzalez in Gonzalez’s home after discovering his wife was having an affair with the victim.
The three Artolas were booked into the Daviess/Dekalb County Regional Jail in Pattonsburg, Mo. awaiting extradition.