Photo: Colombian National Police
Six Colombians have been charged with the kidnapping and murder of DEA special agent James Terry Watson in Bogota on June 20, 2013 while he was assigned there.
Gerardo Figueroa Sepulveda, 38; Omar Fabian Valdes Gualtero, 27; Edgar Javier Bello Murillo, 26; Hector Leonardo Lopez, 23; Julio Estiven Gracia Ramierez, 30; and Andrés Alvaro Oviedo-Garcia, 21, were each charged with two counts of second degree murder, one count of kidnapping and one count of conspiracy to kidnap. Oviedo-Garcia was also charged with two counts of assault. The grand jury also indicted Wilson Daniel Peralta-Bocachica, 30, also a Colombian national, for his alleged efforts to destroy evidence associated with the murder.
Watson, 43, had dinner with friends at a Bogota restaurant and got into a taxi operated by one of the defendants that was shortly after departure intercepted by another taxi. Two men got out of the taxi and pulled Watson out of his taxi. One of the men used a stun gun and another stabbed him four times. Shortly after the incident occurred Bogota police found Watson laying on the street already deceased.
He had been in Bogota working for the last 18 months.
The group is part of a kidnapping and robbery gang that used taxi cabs in Bogota, Colombia, to lure victims into a position where they could be attacked and robbed. Once inside the taxicab, the driver of the taxi cab would signal others to commence the robbery and kidnapping operation.
The U.S. is seeking the extradition of the six men but the decision will be up to Colombian officials as to have the individuals tried in Colombia or the U.S.