Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Brockton Murder Suspect Indicted In Absentia

BROCKTON--A Plymouth County Grand Jury returned indictments charging an Ecuadoran national with two counts of first degree murder in the murder of a mother and son found in a Brockton dumpster in February.
Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz today announced in a prepared statement that a grand jury has returned indictments charging Luis Guaman, 40, with two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of Maria Avelina Palaguachi-Cela,25and her nearly 3-year-old son, Brian Cuanga Palaguachi.
Guaman fled to Ecuador hours before the bodies of Palaguachi-Cela and her son were found in a dumpster near their home on Warren Ave in Brockton, February 13.
The two were mercilessly beaten with a sledgehammer and prosecutors have said they have evidence, including blood, linking Guaman to the crimes.
Guaman is currently being held in Ecuador on charges of using a fake passport to reenter his native country.
Authorities have said because Ecuador's new Constitution does not allow extradition of
its citizens it is unclear if Guaman will face charges in the murders.
However, Cruz, in the statement said his office will make every effort to have Guaman brought to trial in the U.S.
“We are continuing to seek Guaman’s return to the United States where he can stand trial for these brutal murders,” Cruz said.

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