Jan 29, 2008

N.M. indicts confessed copycat killer of Juarez woman

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New Mexico indicts man who killed woman in New Mexico
and took her body to Juarez
Express justice in first femicide trial in Juarez for 2008
Jan. 28, 2008
By Kelly McKenzie
LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO -- The Otero County district attorney's office has indicted a man who confessed to killing a woman near Ruidoso, taking her body across the border to Juarez, Mexico, where he then set her body on fire, and abandoned her 2-year-old son in the streets of Juarez.
The suspect, 37-year-old Guillermo Ruiz,a resident of El Paso, is in custody at the El Paso County Jail.
The New Mexico indictment charges him with murder, false imprisonment and child abuse. In El Paso, he was charged with evidence tampering and filing a false report.
He confessed to El Paso police that he stabbed 20-year-old Anabel Calzada Alvarado after she rejected his sexual advances. After driving to Juarez to toss and burn her body, he then set his vehicle on fire to destroy evidence linking him the slaying.
Police said he filed a false carjacking report to explain the loss of the vehicle.
Calzada, who used to live in Juarez, lived in Ruidoso with her son. The boy, who was in the vehicle when Ruiz struggled with the victim, was found and turned over to relatives.
Juarez residents reported finding Calzada's smoldering body on Dec. 19.
Authorities have not said whether they suspect Ruiz in other women's murders in Juarez. A couple of previous victims were burned in the same manner.
Three jurisdictions are involved in the case: New Mexico, Texas and the State of Chihuahua.

Juarez man gets 25-year sentence after killing woman

JUAREZ, MEXICO -- Judge Gustavo Munoz sentenced Gerardo A. Montoya to 25 years in prison for the Jan. 18 stabbing death of M. Guadalupe Esparza Zavala.
Authorities said Montoya, 35, lived with Esparza, 39, a media saleswoman, and killed her at her home while her 12-year-old daughter was present.
Montoya reportedly told authorities he strangled and stabbed the victim during a fight.
The Jan. 28 hearing was the first of the year for someone accused of killing a woman in Juarez. It is also the first case of its kind for the year under the state's new judicial system, which is supposed to be more transparent than the one it replaced.