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