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Aug 18, 2011 1:46 PM by James H Egbert

Arrest made in 2006 murder case from Montrose

The office of the Colorado Attorney General, John Suthers made an announcement today that the work of the office's Foreign Prosecutions Unit has resulted in the arrest of Miguel Godinez, Gilberto Godinez, and Luis Partida in Nayarit, Mexico in connection with the 2006 murder of 25-year-old Marco Antonio Vargas-Salvador in Montrose.

Attorney General, John Suthers released the following statement; "We certainly are pleased that our work in conjunction with the Mexican and Montrose authorities has resulted in arrests in this years-old case."

On the night of October 28, 2006 Vargas Salvador was killed following a confrontation outside of the Costa Alegre Bar in Montrose. Godinezes and Partida were identified as suspects in shooting Vargas-Salvador twice in the head. It was learned that Godinezes and Partida fled to Mexico.

Suthers said. "We look forward to the Mexican authorities bringing justice to the victims of this crime."

Documents filed with the Mexican courts show that the three suspects will be tried in Mexico under Article IV of the Mexican Penal Code, which allows for non-Mexican law enforcement agencies to request that Mexican authorities prosecute Mexican nationals who commit crimes in other countries then flee to Mexico.

The arrests in Nayarit, Mexico followed days of surveillance to confirm that the three were the suspects in the Vargas-Salvador murder. The three suspects have appeared before a judge in the 1st Federal Criminal Justice District to be advised on the charges against them, first-degree murder committed in a foreign country.

 

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