First Man Extradited Locally from Mexico in Court
PASCO, Wash. - The first man to be extradited from Mexico to Franklin County had his first appearance in court Wednesday.
Carlos Villanueva-Garcia is being held in the Franklin County Jail on one million dollars bail.
Franklin County Prosecutor Steve Lowe said it's important for others to know that the county will move forward in trying to extradite suspects back to the United States.
"To have someone think they can commit murder in our county would simply cause more violence," said Franklin County Prosecutor Steve Lowe.
Villanueva-Garcia is the first known suspect extradited from Mexico since a supreme court ruling in 2005 made it easier to get suspects to the United States. However, it doesn't come cheap for prosecutors to go through the process.
Lowe said his office will have to pay thousands of dollars for the travel expenses and will have to pay to have every document translated into Spanish for the defendant.
Investigators say both Villanueva-Garcia and his brother shot 36-year-old Miguel Cortez over a rent dispute near the corner of Wehe and Lewis Street in June of 2004. They were caught in Mexico, and have been in custody for the past year and a half.
"That's what's exciting about this case it's the first one and I hope this will be seen more," said Lowe. "I hope more will be coming back in the near future."