Mex­i­can na­tional faces U.S. mur­der trial af­ter be­ing ac­quit­ted in Mex­ico

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GRAND JUNC­TION | A Mex­i­can na­tional sus­pected in a 1989 slaying in Colorado can be put on trial in the United States, even though he was ac­quit­ted of the same killing in Mex­ico, a U.S. judge ruled.

The judge said try­ing Rafael “Shorty” Aguilar Gar­cia on a first-de­gree mur­der charge would not vi­o­late the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion’s pro­hi­bi­tion of dou­ble jeop­ardy, The Grand Junc­tion Daily Sen­tinel news­pa­per re­ported Sun­day.

Mr. Gar­cia, now 67, is ac­cused of fa­tally shoot­ing Charles Porter in the town of Pal­isade.

Mr. Gar­cia re­turned to Mex­ico be­fore he could be ar­rested and was ap­pre­hended there in 2009.

The Mex­i­can gov­ern­ment is re­luc­tant to ex­tra­dite cit­i­zens charged with se­ri­ous crimes in U.S. states such as Colorado that al­low the death penalty, so it put Mr. Gar­cia on trial in Mex­i­can Fed­eral Dis­trict Court. De­spite the as­sis­tance of pros­e­cu­tors from Colorado, Mr. Gar­cia was found not guilty in 2012.

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