Sunday, May 15, 2005
Denver would prefer to extradite Garcia-Gomez, Jackson said.
But he was born in Durango, Mexico, said his girlfriend, Sandra Rivas, and that could pose a problem.
Mexico does not extradite its citizens when a suspect faces the possibility of a death penalty or life in prison, said Joe Bahena, a police officer in the Foreign Prosecution/Interpol Liaison Unit of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Morrissey said he has not yet decided whether he would seek the death penalty if Garcia-Gomez were convicted.
At least one of Garcia-Gomez's associates said he believed the suspect fled to Mexico, Denver Police Chief Gerry Whitman said. Local authorities have warned the Border Patrol and Mexican Authorities.
If Garcia-Gomez is captured in Mexico and Mexican authorities reject a Denver extradition petition, Denver police and prosecutors might invoke Article IV of Mexico's penal code and have him tried in a federal court in Mexico.
Under Article IV, Denver police and prosecutors would prepare evidence in Spanish and lawyers from the Mexican attorney general's office would file a case in a Mexican court.
If convicted, Garcia-Gomez would be sentenced to serve time in a Mexican prison.