Posted by Don Smith on Nov 10, 2013
Corrales,Chavez Charged In Alexis Urbina Murder

Corrales,Chavez Charged In Alexis Urbina Murder

Don Smith/Arizona Boxing News & Notes Columnist.

    Dateline Phoenix …Phoenix Police arrested two men in connection with the brutal murder of 17 year old  aspiring 2016 Olympic boxing hopeful Alexis Urbina on Friday November 8. Urbina was found unconscious on a floor in his South Phoenix home on September 3 and transported to Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix where he passed two days later as a result of severe trauma to his head which caused his brain to swell three times its’ normal size.

23 year old Joseph Jessie Corrales was the first suspect arrested and he told Channel 3 television reporter Karen Brown,at the Maricopa County Jail facility,  that he had nothing to do with the murder, but he did concede that he drove 22 year old  Robert Chavez to Urbina’s house and heard what sounded like fighting inside the home. Joseph’s information led police  to the arrest of  Chavez and both men are being detained at the Maricopa County Jail Facility in Phoenix awaiting criminal proceedings. Corrales pleaded guilty to burglary charges in 2009 and it is not known whether or not Chavez and Corrales knew the victim.

When contacted, the Urbina family expressed relief that the arrests were made. It is not known what led to the apprehension and arrest of the two suspects, but the Arizona boxing community was very active  and vocal in pursuit of the killer(s).  A billboard was put up and hundreds of flyers were  handed out and posted on windows throughout the city of Phoenix. And the Phoenix media deserve a high five for the attention they gave the story. A special thank you to the Phoenix Police Department.

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Don Smith became interest in boxing from age 8 when his Dad gave him a pair of gloves, he eventually wore them out. During his Don Smith served in the US Army as a Military Police Desk SGT. The skills he learned while writing reports laid the foundation for him becoming a journalist. According to Don “I didn’t really flip the switch to journalism until I was detained in Belfast Ireland for taking pictures during my vacation in Ireland. I made the questionable mistake of trying to albii my way out of the situation by claiming to be a journalist, wrong move. No diplomatic immunity, ha ha. II returned to college in Texas, wrote for my college paper as a paid staffer”. He grew up during the Friday Night Era, and In his role as a sports writer, he has rubbed elbos with Leonard, Norton, Ali, Mancini, Cokes, Paez and other champion boxers. His his works have been high lighted and published by Community Newspapers in Texas, Sports Stringer, Dallas Morning News, WRR Radio Critic Dallas Texas, KCHU Radio Talk Show Host Dallas, Texas, Talk Shoow host, Plano Texas, Interviewer for OPUS & STARSHINE Networks, Interviewed more than 1,000 celebrities including 7 US Presidents, Athletes, Movie Stars, etc.

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