A man extradited from El Salvador in connection with his estranged wife’s stabbing death in Pacoima nine years ago pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder and torture charges.
Napoleon Eduardo Castro — also known as Juan Flores, Luis Sanchez, “Trouble” and “Napo” — is charged with the torture killing of his estranged wife, Olga Martinez in her garage.
The 43-year-old man could face a maximum of life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of the murder charge, which includes the special circumstance allegations of murder involving the infliction of torture and murder by means of lying in wait, along with the allegation that he used a knife in the commission of the crime.
Castro allegedly attacked his 33-year-old estranged wife in the garage of her condominium building in the 11000 block of Glenoaks Boulevard, near Whiteman Airpark, in the early morning hours of May 1, 2010. Her body was found in a pool of blood at the entrance to the garage, according to the FBI. She had been stabbed multiple times.
Authorities had named Castro as the suspect in the killing shortly after the crime, and state and federal warrants were subsequently issued for his arrest. The wanted poster distributed by the FBI noted that he had the name “OLGA” tattooed on his chest.
Castro was taken into custody by members of the FBI’s Fugitive Task Force, according to the FBI, which announced in February that a reward had been paid in connection with the investigation.
Castro was turned over Feb. 14 to Los Angeles police and is being held without bail.
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