The Brownsville Herald on August 11, 2012 released the following:
“By LAURA B. MARTINEZ/The Brownsville Herald
The Mexican government has requested the extradition from the United States of a Mexican man convicted of murder and rape.
Justino Tello Munoz, 49, appeared Thursday in Brownsville before U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen and is now in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. As of Friday, no extradition hearing had been scheduled.
Mexican officials say Tello Munoz in 1994 raped and killed his former girlfriend in San Luis Potosí, Mexico.
According to U.S. court documents, this is the second time Mexico has requested the extradition of Tello Munoz. In 2002, he was arrested at his home in Brownsville and sent to Mexico to stand trial on the homicide charge.
At that time, Tello Munoz had only been accused in the rape and murder of his girlfriend, Nohemi Teran Labastida, the documents indicate. Authorities in Mexico stated that Tello Munoz and a friend forced the woman to an orchard, raped her, then tied a rope around her neck and hanged her from a tree, the documents say. An autopsy concluded that the cause of death was asphyxiation by hanging.
In 2002, Tello Munoz was tried in Mexico in the case but was found not guilty. The U.S. court file indicates that as allowed under Mexican law, the prosecution appealed the verdict. In 2003, a Mexican appellate court changed the verdict and found Tello Munoz guilty.
He was sentenced to 20 years in prison but by then, he had crossed into the U.S., the court documents state. The record says that he was living in Franklin, Tenn.
On July 27 of this year, Tello Munoz was detained at the Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville as he crossed from Mexico into the U.S. At a secondary inspection area, it was determined that there was an outstanding warrant against him.
Officers were alerted that he was sought by U.S. Marshals regarding an extradition request from Mexico. It was unclear why Tello Munoz was in Mexico before the July 27 arrest.”
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