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Suspect in killings extradited to Mexico

October 23, 2008|The Associated Press

CIUDAD JUAREZ, MEXICO — A Mexican man who allegedly confessed to killing at least 10 women in this violent border city has been extradited from the United States, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday.

Jose Francisco Granados de la Paz was deported Tuesday to stand trial for aggravated homicide.

Granados de la Paz, 30, allegedly acknowledged to Mexican and Texan authorities that he killed at least 10 women near Ciudad Juarez from about 1993 to 2006 as "offerings to Satan," according to the extradition complaint.

In April 2006, Granados de la Paz was sentenced to more than three years in prison for immigration violations in the U.S. He has been serving time in Lewisburg, Pa., but will serve the rest of his term in Mexico, in addition to any sentence he may receive from a Mexican court.

The extradition request was granted last year and focused on Granados de la Paz's alleged confession to stabbing Mayra Juliana Reyes Solis in 2001. Her body and the remains of four other women were found five months later in a canal in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso.

In 2006, Denver police arrested a suspected accomplice, construction worker Edgar Alvarez Cruz.

In the 10 years ended in 2003, more than 100 women disappeared in Ciudad Juarez.

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