Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Fugitive Murder Suspect Captured After Writing Gov. Martinez

Noe Torres
Gov. Susana Martinez is holding a news conference this afternoon about the arrest in Mexico of a Clovis murder suspect.

According to a news release from Martinez's office, suspect Noe Torres:
... has been charged with the murder of Carlos Perez and the attempted murder of his brother Ruben Perez. Torres and his accomplices originally targeted Ruben when they went to the Perez residence on September 15, 2005 and shot nine rounds into Carlos and Ruben’s bedroom window. Carlos Perez was killed by a bullet that struck him in the head. While Torres was never apprehended and fled to Mexico, his accomplices were all tried and convicted for their roles in Carlos’s murder.

But here's the twist.

Torres, according to the news release had been taunting Clovis law enforcement officials through phone calls and letters. And on Jan. 18 Martinez herself received a letter from Torres. It's not clear what he had to say to the gov, but the next day she gave it to Chihuahua Governor Cesar Duarte, along with a packet of information on the case.

"Six days later, Torres was arrested by Mexican authorities and is now in the process of being extradited to the United States to stand trial," the news release said.

I'll update if there's more information out of the news conference.

UPDATE: 4:55 pm  Here's the letter that Noe Toress sent to the governor. (Some of it's faded. Use Full Screen feature.)

Noe Torres Letter to Gov