Accused child killer Noe Torres remains in the custody of Mexican officials, awaiting extradition to the United States, according to a spokesman for the New Mexico Attorney General’s office.
AG spokesman Phil Sisneros said Tuesday it is “very possible” Torres could go before a federal Mexican judge in the next two or three weeks but no hearing is scheduled.
“It’s kind of a complicated process. We’re not exactly sure where in that process we are right now,” Sisneros said.
Sisneros said if a judge approves extradition, Torres would have the option to appeal the decision. The appeal could take another one-to-three months before a decision is made.
Torres was the target of a six-year international manhunt that ended with his arrest Jan. 25 near a religious compound in Chihuahua, Mexico.
He is charged with murder in the Sept. 15, 2005, death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez, who was shot in the head as he lay sleeping in a bedroom shared with his brother.
Police say the shooting was retaliation for an argument that took place hours earlier between Clovis High School students Orlando Salas and Carlos’ brother, Ruben Perez.
Torres is accused along with three accomplices of firing nine bullets into a Clovis apartment window.
Torres says he is innocent of the charges.