Imperial Valley Press

Fugitive extradited from El Salvador to face murder charge


Prosecutor­s say a man accused of fatally shooting an acquaintan­ce during an argument over $60 has been extradited to Southern California to face a murder charge after more than a decade on the run. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office said Monday that 59-yearold Juan Palacios was turned over to the FBI last week by authoritie­s in his native El Salvador. Palacios was charged in 2004 with killing 32-year-old Mario Cano Santamaria in a Tustin courtyard.

The Orange County Register reports Palacios was arrested in El Salvador in December 2016. Extraditio­n was granted in March.

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