LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Jury selection began in a Lubbock courtroom on Monday for a capital murder case that spans nearly a decade and across two countries.
The murder happened in 2001. Residents of the Corte Vista apartments were shocked to learn 45-year-old Jose Neri, the manger of the complex, was dead. Lubbock Police said he had been bound and exhibited signs of blunt force trauma.
The police report portrays a brutal attack inside Neri's apartment. He was nude, lying face down on his bed with his hands and feet bound with neckties. Blood was spattered on the headboard, walls and lots of blood was on Neri's head and neck. All the blood was dry.
Investigators became suspicious when they learned 28-year-old Joel Saucedo, the apartment's maintenance worker and a Mexican national, boarded a bus to El Paso just 24 hours before Neri's body was discovered.
In April of 2009, the Lubbock County District Attorney's Office announced Mexican authorities captured Joel Saucedo after Jose Neri's body was found in 2001. Two months after the crime, Saucedo was indicted. He eluded law enforcement in two countries for more than seven years. Saucedo was extradited from Mexico to Lubbock in August of 2008.
Cooperation from Saucedo's family helped authorities track down the suspect
The last time Lubbock extradited a man from Mexico was in the 80's and the process took about two years.
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