Monday, December 20, 2010

Barraza Bocanegra Becomes The Most Wanted Man In Mexico In Connection With The Escobedo Ortiz Mother And Daughter Homicides

Sergio Rafael Barraza Bocanegra

Photo: AEI

Wanted in connection with a double homicide

By H. Nelson Goodson
December 20, 2010

Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico - Over the weekend, Sergio Rafael Barraza Bocanegra, 22, became the most recent wanted man in Mexico in connection with the death of a mother and daughter. He is accused of two counts of homicide for the September 2008 murder of Rubi Marisol Frayre Escobedo, 16, and the December 16, 2010 murder of Marisela Escobedo Ortiz, 52.
Bocanegra is wanted by both the state and federal Attorney General's Office (PGR) Mexican military, and the Federal Police for his connection with the mother and daughter homicides. Carlos Manuel Salas, the Chihuahua Attorney General said, that the state had sufficient evidence to hold Bocanegra and those involved with the death of Escobedo Ortiz for murder.
Last April, Bocanegra a suspected Zeta member had been freed by Municipal Judges Catalina Ochoa Cervantes, Netzahualcóyotl Zúniga Vasquez and Rafael Boudib Jurado when they decided to absolved him of all charges stemming from the Rubi Marisol homicide for lack of evidence. Eventhough, Bocanegra had confessed to the murder and led police to her dismembered body at a hog farm. Bocanegra claimed he was tortured by police and forced to confessed.
Governor César Duarte requested for the Chihuahua State Judge Panel Commission to remove Judges Ochoa Cervantes, Zúniga and the other judge involved in setting Bocanegra free. The judge panel suspended and removed the three judges and are now continuing their investigation into Bocanegra's case dismissal. Bocanegra had been convicted in absentia for Rubi Marisol's murder and had been sentenced to 50 years in prison, ten years less than the maximum sentence. Possible charges against the three judges could be filed for illegaly letting an alleged criminal free who was deemed dangerous to public safety, according to state attorney general's office.
Her mother, Escobedo Ortiz had sought justice for her daughter's death and sought the maximum murder sentence of 60 years in prison for Bocanegra and had embarked on a justice crusade to demand Governor Duarte and the Chihuahua state attorney general's office to investigate her daughter's homicide case for two years.
Last Thursday, she was at the Hidalgo Park across the Chihuahua state government building protesting and demanding justice when several men in a white vehicle stopped and one of them chased Escobedo Ortiz to the state building and shot her dead. She was shot two times and one fatal shot to the head.  A state government building surveillance video captured the killing.
The surveillance video from the Chihuahua's state government office building at the capitol was recovered showing Ortiz's murder. (Building video of chase and murder:

Related article: Mexico: Hundreds protest and demand justice for Escobedo Ortiz who was killed outside the Chihuahua's state government building

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