Simon Lopez, charged in Smith County, Texas with the beating death of his girlfriend’s one-year-old son, may not face the death penalty.
Smith County district attorney Matt Bingham says he’s not sure yet if his office will seek the death penalty for Lopez, who is charged with capital murder in connection with the November 2010 death. Bingham says he’s still looking into the parameters of a U.S. – Mexico extradition treaty which limits the use of the death penalty against defendants extradited to the United States from Mexico.
Lopez was arrested last week in Mexico after months on the run and brought back to Smith County to face charges. He was arraigned Monday on a capital murder charge and remains in the Smith County Jail on a bond of $2 million.
This article was written by Catherine Khalil and published by KYTX on August 2, 2011.
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