Monday, June 06, 2005
Apprehended: Raul Garcia-Gomez
The illegal immigrant who brutally murdered an off-duty Denver detective was picked-up in Mexico by US Marshals and Mexican officials. Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey is still deciding whether or not he wants to file for the death penalty.
When asked about whether he would pursue the death penalty if it precluded extradition, Morrissey replied, "I haven't made that decision yet. It's certainly a complicated decision that has to be made after speaking to the detective's widow and certainly to Detective Bishop and other family members."
Even before Garcia-Gomez's capture in Mexico on Saturday, Morrissey said his staff has been working with the U.S. State Department to set up extradition proceedings.
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said his office is willing to assist Denver in any extradition proceedings. "The first and foremost objective will be to get Mexico to allow his (Garcia-Gomez's)
extradition with as few conditions as possible," he said.
Suthers said that with a charge as serious as the fatal shooting of a Denver police officer, he would think that Mexican officials would be open to extraditing the suspect to face a life sentence.
"I would hope that would be open to negotiation," he said.