A Mexican national suspected of killing his pregnant wife and her unborn child in El Monte was behind bars in Los Angeles Thursday after being extradited.
Octavio Curiel-Martinez, 37, was returned to Los Angeles from Mexico on Friday, according to the FBI and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Curiel-Martinez is accused of fatally shooting his estranged wife, Ana Maria Nunez, who was six months pregnant, according to Deputy Lillian Peck. She was found suffering from gunshot wounds at an El Monte residence on Aug. 29, 2018. She and her unborn child were pronounced dead at a hospital later that evening, according to the FBI.
A state warrant was issued for Curiel-Martinez on Sept. 5, 2018. A federal warrant was issued on March 15, 2019, after Martinez was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, according to the FBI.
Curiel-Martinez was arrested two days later by Mexican police on unrelated charges in Bolanos, Jalisco, Mexico.
Curiel-Martinez is charged locally with two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a firearm, one count of shooting at an inhabited dwelling or occupied car, two counts of corporal injury to a spouse, one count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, two counts of felony child endangerment, and two counts of misdemeanor child endangerment, according to the FBI.
He is tentatively scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 19 in Pomona.
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