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Arrest made in mysterious Hillsboro murder case, one suspect still at large

Langston Harris appears in a Washington County courtroom on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - KATU image

Hillsboro Police detectives arrested a Portland man in connection with a homicide investigation that's nearly a year old. Detectives are searching for a second person who is suspected to be a co-conspirator.

Langston Harris, 20, is charged with a single count of murder with a firearm in the shooting death of Jose Raul Boyzo-Hernandez.

Investigators say the shooting occurred on or about September 20, 2017.

A police spokesperson told KATU the death was suspicious in nature, but detectives did not rule it a homicide until later in the investigation after discovering new evidence.

On Tuesday, Harris faced a Washington County judge. A public defender advised him to not enter a plea.

Hillsboro police won't say where the alleged murder occurred in Hillsboro, what linked Harris to the alleged murder or how the victim and suspects knew each other, until the second suspect is in custody.

According to Boyzo's Facebook page, he is from Mexico, lived in Hillsboro and worked in construction.

Friends and family of both Boyzo and Harris attended the preliminary hearing, but neither issued a comment on behalf of the arrest.

According to court records, Harris pleaded guilty to delivery of cocaine and unlawful possession of a firearm stemming from a 2016 arrest in Northeast Portland. He was serving three-years of probation.

Harris' next court appearance is scheduled for June 19.

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