Mary Ann Rivera. 76 and on an Oxygen Tank, Arrested for 1970 Murder of Her Husband

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Mary Ann Rivera: Back in Houston to face 1970 murder charges.
Mary Ann Rivera is 76 and was living in a small Georgia town, hooked up to an oxygen tank and pretty much keeping to herself.

Until cops showed up at her door this week to arrest her for killing her husband 41 years ago by pouring hot grease on him.

Rivera appeared in a Houston court today to face those charges. She had little to say; media reports from Georgia indicate she had told neighbors her husband Cruz had abused her.

She was arrested after the 1970 killing but made bail. She ran off with her children.

KTRK talked to the prosecutor in the case.
"Well, it's always good to get a case where someone had hurt someone in the past, or killed someone, or is responsible for a death, and to bring them to justice. So it's very good that we have her here today," said Asst. District Attorney Tina Ansari.

The arrest came about by the District Attorney's cold case office. Lately there have been a string of arrests for old murders as the cold case team uses ever-more sophisticated search technologies and tactics.

Prosecutors told KTRK "there are some complications because of the age of the [Rivera] case and potential challenges with witnesses," but a trial is still set, at least until a plea bargain is worked out.

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22 comments
Scretch
Scretch

A Georgia peach.

Jake_V
Jake_V

gotta lub dem peaches.

Hoastros65
Hoastros65

She is Hector Tio Salamanca from Breaking Bad!

swampio
swampio

Wow, someone married her?

RolloverRiderPGR
RolloverRiderPGR

At least she will have good medical treatment until she dies. In this day and age of Obama care and how bad medicaid and medicare is to get and to get to pay the bills how much better can she have it? 3 squares a day, a bed and a roof and those medical bills which will not be cheap looking at her age and how she was found in Ga on oxgygen! It might have been just as well to say screw it and let her die on her own dime and not the states! I don't think she'll have to worry about getting rapped or sexually molested unless someone really has no taste in women! I really have to ask where they hello Texas got their "cold case teams from?" They are going to cost the state more than the murder was worth!

Jake_V
Jake_V

Who are you, good sir, to determine the value of the life of another human being?

Your logical is flawed and, quite frankly, appalling.

I didn't know murders had value.

Scretch
Scretch

...as if rapists have taste?

Sodalite
Sodalite

I still think one of her kids snitched her off as they didn't want to take care of her decrepit ass any longer.

Guest
Guest

Waste of taxpayers money. There's not alot to spare these days.

Jake_V
Jake_V

I agree in a sense, however, I have a big issue with any constraints on the justice system; it cannot be selective.

Women who rape boys and men who rape girls are people committing the same crime.  We cannot have disparage sentences because of someones genitalia.  Hence my point...

...If she murdered someone...she deserves to be charged and have a trial.  If not, 76yo woman all over the US would become hit women as they would not fear the system....

Guest
Guest

I understand your position but disagreeon at least one point...The justice system can be selective...law cannot. To continue to pour resources into a situation best decided by a few commense sense publicly respected persons is pedantism. As a people (world) there comes a time when we need to accept responsibility in person (either side of the fence) rather than continuously and often blindly rely on a given set of constraints written, not for every specific occasion but to guide us in intent...what is the purpose of this law...not just what is the law.I know this is often debated with little progress but the difference IS important to sustain if we are not to be a world of automotons.Thanks for the reply.

regent032
regent032

Watch the video and check out the prosecuting attorney.  She's smoking hot!

Jake_V
Jake_V

she is hot, however, she is a government attorney and she's dumb (re-watch and watch her body language, she's very unsure of herself and what she is saying)

That tells me that there's a good chance she's got daddy issues and probably slobbing knobs from under desks all over the DA's office downtown.

I would gladly sit at a desk in the DA's office downtown.  She has nice lips. ;]

Lizzie Gowers
Lizzie Gowers

It seems I wasn't the only one reminded of Ma Fratelli!

KAC
KAC

I didn't know the lady from "Throw Mamma From the Train" was still alive!

SOGA
SOGA

Throw Mama From the Train or The Goonies?? I honestly think I had nightmares of this woman after watching The Goonies.  Anyway, if her husband beat and abused her, well done lady in the south that's how we do it, hit me with your fist and I'll nail you with a frying pan of hot grease!!

Jake_V
Jake_V

def. the goonies.  Def.

I'm tired of America being a bunch of pussies.  I was just chiding someone about leaving bad relationships, or at least doing something...this is what I am talking about.

A guy should expect that.  If I hit a girl I'm going to get beat with a frying pan.  Since most guys don't like being beat with frying pans (a few do) most of the domestic abuse would stop or at least the playing field would be leveled out.

Its a dangerous double standard to have and I applaud states who enact(ed) a domestic violence call means everyone goes to jail statute. Violence only begets violence. 

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