CARROLLTON, AL – Last week, Zocimo Hernandez, 25, pleaded guilty to the 2019 slaying of Hernan Diaz Diego, and was sentenced by Pickens County County Circuit Judge Samuel Junkin to 20 years in prison.
Hernandez shot Diego to death and left his body lying on Pickens County Road 2.
“Diego and Hernandez knew each other and became involved in an argument. This was purportedly Diego believing that Hernandez had placed a voodoo curse on him,” said 24th Judicial Circuit District Attorney Andy Hamlin.
A driver called 911 around 10:30 p.m. April 6 to report a man in the road. Investigators identified the victim as Diego, a 34-year-old from Mexico City, Mexico, who was reported missing the following morning by his boss who had become concerned when he uncharacteristically failed to show for work at the chicken processing plant in Brooksville, Mississippi where he was employed.
Diego's vehicle was discovered near a Walmart in Northport, with blood inside the car.
Under questioning (in Spanish), Hernandez confessed to the murder.