Idaho fugitive charged with murder

An Idaho fugitive arrested earlier this month in Grand Junction was ordered held without bond Monday after his alleged victim’s death.

Idaho authorities on Friday obtained an arrest warrant for first-degree murder for 30-year-old Thomas Trevino Jr., which was one day after his girlfriend, Jill Gelever, 24, died at a hospital in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Trevino waived extradition Thursday from Mesa County to Idaho to face what was charged at the time as felony aggravated battery.

Gelever had been hospitalized since July 5, when she was allegedly shot in the head by Trevino inside a room at a Twin Falls hotel.

Trevino was arrested in Grand Junction July 7 without incident after he was spotted by a local resident walking along the side of the road in the area of 23 and K roads. Trevino the day before had been the focus of a manhunt by several law enforcement agencies.

An arrest warrant affidavit filed in Idaho doesn’t shed light on a possible motive for the shooting. The affidavit said Trevino, prior to the shooting, had been denied by staff a key to the hotel room where his girlfriend had been staying. Authorities haven’t explained why they believe he traveled to Grand Junction.

It’s unclear when Trevino will return to Idaho.


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