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Latino Daily News

Tuesday August 12, 2014

Housekeeper and Two Accomplices Murder Judge and Wife in El Salvador

Salvadoran authorities arrested a female housekeeper and two alleged accomplices for their suspected participation in the murder of a judge and his wife, Attorney General Luis Martinez and other sources said Tuesday.

The motive for the double murder, committed last weekend in the eastern city of San Miguel, was to steal jewelry and other property from Judge Tito Nicolas Garcia, 74, and wife Teresa Navarrete de Garcia, 70, Martinez said in an interview with Telecorporacion SavadoreƱa.

“The judge ... was the victim of a robbery by his employee and she left along with her accomplices in the official’s vehicle,” he added, without identifying the woman, who was arrested on Monday.

Martinez said at the time that three individuals were still being sought by the authorities but they and the housekeeper are the people “responsible for the murder.”

The AG’s office later on its Twitter account, however, identified the housekeeper, who was arrested Monday, as Alba Rosibel Batres Vasquez.

The two accomplices, who were arrested Tuesday, are Jose Gregorio Sanchez Campos and Carlos Manuel Arevalo, the AG’s office added.

The three suspects, all of whom were arrested in San Miguel, “will be charged with the crime of first-degree murder,” the AG’s office said, making no reference to the fourth person originally mentioned by Martinez.

Garcia and his wife were found dead on Sunday in their home in San Miguel, some 138 kilometers (86 miles) east of San Salvador.

The judge’s vehicle was found abandoned on Saturday in a rural area near a highway in Usulutan province.

Garcia presided over a criminal court in San Miguel.

The top prosecutor for eastern El Salvador, German Arriaza, confirmed to reporters that the judge was strangled and his wife was stabbed to death.

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