Mexican in US to face charges for consulate murders

August 27, 2011 03:48


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WASHINGTON - An accused Mexican gang member charged with killing two Americans and a Mexican man with ties to the US Consulate in Ciudad Juarez has been extradited to the United States, the Justice Department said on Friday.

Miguel Angel Nevarez, 30, is the first to be extradited to the United States of the 10 alleged members of the Barrio Azteca gang who were charged in March with the killings. Two suspects are still at large, according to the Justice Department.

He made an initial appearance in a federal court in Texas on Friday, a day after arriving from Mexico. The motive for the murders has not yet been revealed, though it may have been a case of mistaken identity.

"We will vigorously pursue prosecution of all of the defendants named in this indictment and look forward to the continuing cooperation of our partners in Mexico," said John Murphy, the US attorney for the Western District of Texas.

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