FBI hails arrest of murder suspect

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iol pic wld USA-LOUISIANA-FUGITIVE_0731_11 Reuters A 2006 photograph of Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara. Picture: FBI

Washington - A man on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list and suspected of raping and murdering a woman in her mobile home in 2008 was captured in Mexico and sent earlier this week to Louisiana to face prosecution, an FBI spokeswoman said on Thursday.

Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara, a Mexican labourer, stands accused of breaking into the trailer of 26-year-old Wanda Barton, raping her and then stabbing her to death in the presence of her four-year-old stepson.

Guevara, who lived in the same mobile home park in Lake Charles, 320km west of New Orleans, was charged in 2008 with second-degree murder, aggravated rape and aggravated burglary. State and federal warrants were subsequently issued for his arrest.

“This has been six long years for Mrs Barton's family, and I am so pleased Guevara will now face prosecution for the senseless murder of their loved one,” Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said in a statement.

Guevara surrendered to Mexican authorities after an extensive investigation by US officials in both the United States and Mexico, the FBI said. He arrived in Louisiana on Tuesday after being transferred to US custody.

He is awaiting arraignment on the charges against him, the FBI said. It is not clear whether he has yet retained an attorney.

Guevara was placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list last year. - Reuters

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