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Mexican man faces US murder trial after acquittal in Mexico

By: Associated Press
June 4, 2017 Updated: June 4, 2017 at 1:41 pm
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A U.S. judge says a Mexican national suspected of a 1989 slaying in Colorado can be put on trial in the United States, even though he was acquitted of the killing in Mexico.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel newspaper reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/2qNNsOx ) that the judge ruled 67-year-old Rafael "Shorty" Aguilar Garcia can be tried in Colorado without violating the U.S. Constitution's prohibition of double jeopardy.

Garcia was suspected of killing Charles Porter but returned to Mexico before he could be arrested.

The Mexican government is reluctant to extradite citizens charged with serious crimes in the U.S., so it put Garcia on trial. He was acquitted in 2012.

Colorado authorities learned last year that Garcia had returned to the state and arrested him. A trial is scheduled this year.

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