CARACAS, Venezuela – CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan police have arrested and charged three suspects with murder in the slaying of an American priest.
The Attorney General's Office announced in a statement Wednesday that the suspects were arrested last week.
The Rev. Esteban Woods died April 29 in the eastern city of Puerto Ordaz. Authorities believe he was killed in a struggle during a break-in at his apartment.
Prosecutors initially suspected he was stabbed to death, but now believe he was strangled.
Woods was a 68-year-old native of Vancouver, Washington. He served as a Roman Catholic priest in Venezuela for 23 years.
Venezuela has one of the highest murder rates in Latin America.