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Accused killer on the run

Alfredo Guzman. Source:  Patricia Guzman Alfredo Guzman. Source: Patricia Guzman
Theresa Griffin. Source: Colquitt Co. Sheriff's Office Theresa Griffin. Source: Colquitt Co. Sheriff's Office
Francisco Ortega. Source: Colquitt Co. Sheriff's Office Francisco Ortega. Source: Colquitt Co. Sheriff's Office
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November 17, 2003

Colquitt County - A man is stabbed and shot to death. His accused killer is still on the run and is considered armed and dangerous.

Crime scene tape and blood stains mark the place where 50-year-old Alfredo Guzman took his last breath. His wife, Patricia Guzman, says, "Maybe five or six shots went off."

Mrs. Guzman heard her husband die. She cries, "When I went to him and turned him over, he was already dead."

Guzman was stabbed in the heart and shot in the head. Twenty-eight-year-old Francisco Ortega is on the run. The widow says, "He had no reason to shoot my husband, none at all."

Ortega was a migrant worker under Guzman's supervision. Mrs. Guzman had Ortega arrested last month for firing a gun near their Colquitt County home. She says, "He was very angry at us, he and his girlfriend, for that and they packed up and left."

On Sunday, Guzman was eating dinner when he heard Ortega was back. Mrs. Guzman remembers, "He moved his tray over while we were eating and he said 'I don't know why he's doing this to me' and he just walked out the door. He never said goodbye or anything to us."

Ortega wrecked his Grand Prix in Thomas County and took off in the woods.

Investigators are also looking for Ortega's girlfriend, 24-year-old Teresa Smith who also goes by Teresa Griffin. Investigators say she's not a suspect. Colquitt County Sheriff Investigator, Captain Hal Suber, explains, "We're worried about her because we haven't heard from her since the incident and we want to make sure she's okay."

Ortega was reportedly seen in a gold van. Moultrie Police found the van and surrounded it with guns drawn. They found four Hispanic men inside, including Ortega's brother. They were searched then released. The search goes on. Mrs. Guzman pleads, "Please if someone saw him or know his whereabouts. This shouldn't have happened. He's destroyed so many lives."

Guzman left behind three step children and a teenager.

If you've seen Ortega or his girlfriend call the Colquitt County Sheriff's Office. He may be armed and dangerous.

posted at 5:10PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com

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