Gov. Owens Asks State Department For Help Extraditing Accused Cop Killer

Denver (AP) Governor Bill Owens wants Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice to help in extraditing from Mexico a man accused of killing a Denver police officer. In a letter Monday, Owens says he wants the necessary documents to be transmitted to officials in Mexico City soon.

Owens' spokesman, Dan Hopkins, says the request is routine in cases involving international extradition. The man wanted in the shooting, Raul Gomez–Garcia, is jailed in Mexico and faces charges of second–degree murder and attempted first–degree murder in Denver.

He faces up to 96 years in prison if convicted of killing police detective Donald Young and wounding detective John Bishop. Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has said the extradition could be delayed or denied if he charged Gomez–Garcia with first–degree murder, which can be punishable by the death penalty or life imprisonment.

A 1978 treaty with the United States allows Mexico to deny
extradition if the person faces the death penalty. In 2001, the Mexican Supreme Court also blocked extradition of suspects facing life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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