King: Torres to be extradited from Mexico

SANTA FE — New Mexico Attorney General Gary King said Friday that Noe Torres, accused in the killing of a Clovis boy, will be brought back to New Mexico from Mexico.

King said Torres, 33, faces three charges, including first-degree murder, attempted murder and shooting at an occupied building in connection to the Sept. 15, 2005 death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez.

Torres was captured in Mexico on Jan. 25. He has 15 days to appeal the extradition.

District Attorney Matt Chandler said Friday afternoon the case will be prosecuted by himself and Andrea Reeb, as they did with other defendants in the case.

"I am optimistic that we will have Torres back in the United States within the next 30 days or less," Chandler said in a release. "My office has been in close contact with the family of Carlos Perez, and I know they are anxious to get Torres back and in a courtroom to determine his involvement in the shooting death of their loved one."

Gov. Susana Martinez credited cooperation in bringing Torres back to the United States to face charges.

"I continue to be encouraged by the relationship that we have worked to build with our neighboring states in Mexico. Working closely with Chihuahua Governor Cesar Duarte, motivated by a shared resolve to bring justice to Carlos' murderers, we were able to secure the arrest of Noe Torres in six days — an effort that had eluded us for more than six years."

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