Man wanted for machete murder in Indiana surrenders

By Tom Blakey

Transcript Staff Writer

A man wanted in Fort Wayne, Ind. for an October 2005 murder and featured twice on "America's Most Wanted" was arrested early Monday after he walked into the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office and confessed, police said.

Yoni Salazar Avilla, 29, has been living in Norman for the past seven months, working as a tile layer, police said.

He was wanted in connection with the machete murder of Eduardo Sepulveda, who Indiana authorities say Avilla killed during an argument over a poker game.

Avilla walked into the sheriff's office at approximately 10 p.m. Sunday, and confessed to having killed someone, police said. An officer was summoned, but decided Avilla's level of intoxication was such that he should be sent to the hospital for evaluation. He was deemed fit for incarceration around 3 a.m., police said.

An officer went to the hospital, arrested Avilla for public intoxication and booked him into jail. He was brought to police headquarters the next morning to bond out on the municipal complaint and for an interview with detectives, police said.

Due to his limited command of the English language, assistance was sought from a Moore police investigator fluent in Spanish. In the course of his interview with Avilla, sufficient information was obtained to confirm his identity and status as the suspect in the Indiana murder, police said.

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