Man wanted in 1989 Colo. slaying arrested in Mexico

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey says a suspect in a 20-year-old Grand Junction slaying has been arrested in Mexico.

Hilkey says 59-year-old Rafael “Shorty” Garcia Aguilar was arrested Thursday, April 30 in Colima, Mexico for the 1989 shooting death of Charles "Chuck" Porter in Palisade.

Porter was murdered July 4, 1989 at 3680 F Road in Palisade. Officials say Aguilar, a Mexican national, will stand trial there. The Attorney General's Foreign Prosecutions Unit located Aguilar after Mesa County authorities asked state officials to review the case.

Mexican law allows its citizens to be prosecuted in their home country on allegations from other countries. It's not yet known what charges Aguilar faces.

Hilkey says the unique circumstances of Aguilar's arrest will be the topic of a press conference Tuesday at 11 a.m. District Attorney Pete Hautzinger and coordinator of the Office of the Attorney General's Foreign Prosecution Unit LuzMaria Shearer will join Hilkey. Mesa County Sheriff Department Investigator Lissah Norcross also worked on the case.

11 News will bring you the latest information on this case as it becomes available.
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