Berks DA holds news conference on Miguel Torres extradition
A man who was once one of the most-wanted fugitives in America has been returned to Berks County to face murder charges.
Berks County District Attorney John Adams announced the extradition of Miguel Torres during a news conference Friday afternoon.
Torres, who had been held in Italy since his apprehension at a home in Bologna on March 15, landed at Newark International Airport in New Jersey at approximately 1:30 p.m., said Adams, adding that he
"We're very pleased that he's been returned this quickly," Adams said.
Torres is due to be arraigned and committed to the Berks County Jail later Friday.
Torres, formerly of Exeter Township, stands accused of shooting his wife, Barbara Torres, to death in the parking lot of the former Wachovia Bank where she worked on North 6th Street in downtown Reading on Sept. 12, 2005.
Barbara Torres filed for divorce from her husband just weeks before she was killed, according to court documents.
Torres, 43, fled the scene of the killing in his car and then switched to a rented van a few blocks way, said police, who had long suspected he left the country right away. The van was recovered a year later at LaGuardia Airport in New York.
"Fugitives routinely flee the jurisdiction of one country only to cross international boundaries and seek refuge in another," said William D. Snelson, assistant director for investigative operations, U.S. Marshals Service. "Torres was no exception. Following the alleged cold-blooded murder of his wife, he fled the United States in an effort to avoid justice."
The worldwide manhunt for Miguel Torres had been featured on TV's "America's Most Wanted." He was added to the U.S. Marshal's list of 15 most wanted in June 2011.
"Through the relentless pursuit by Marshals Service investigators in Pennsylvania, the International Investigations Branch, and our foreign law enforcement partners, Torres was located, arrested and extradited to the United States to answer for his crime." Snelson said.
Adams has said he won't seek the death penalty for Torres because, under Italian law, he can't be extradited to the United States if he faces execution.
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