Weekly update: Torres’ extradition being coordinated

Noe Torres

Robin Fornoff

District Attorney Matt Chandler says he met Monday with officials from Chihuahua, Mexico, to finalize the extradition of accused child killer and one-time fugitive Noe Torres of Clovis.

Chandler said Friday that Torres, 32, is on schedule to be returned to U.S. soil and Curry County in an estimated 30 to 40 days.

Torres was captured Jan. 25 near a religious compound in Chihuahua that authorities said he was as a refuge. His capture and imprisonment in Mexico ended a six-year manhunt.

Torres is accused along with three others of firing nine bullets into the bedroom of 10-year-old Carlos Perez in 2005, killing the boy as he lay sleeping. Police say the shooting was retaliation for an argument that took place hours earlier between Clovis High School students Orlando Salas and Carlos’ brother, Ruben Perez.

Edward Salas and Demetrio Salas, along with friend David Griego, have been convicted in connection with the boy’s death.

Edward Salas escaped from the Curry County jail on Aug. 24, 2008, and has not been captured.

Griego and Demetrio Salas are serving prison sentences in the New Mexico State Penitentiary.