Yakima man wanted for murder extradited from Mexico

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YAKIMA, Wash.  --    One of America's Most Wanted is now back in Yakima. Police in Mexico captured Jose Ayala at the end of last year.

Ayala was wanted for murdering his girlfriend back in 2008 and was featured on America's Most Wanted.

Part of the extradition agreement included a cap on his sentencing range if found guilty of second degree murder.

" When Mexico is going to release someone to the U.S. They can't be looking at more than 25-years in prison, they're not eligible for any death penalty cases. So that's sort of the big cut off,' said Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeff Marty.

Ayala made his first court appearance in Yakima Friday.



YAKIMA POLICE NEWS RELEASE -- On Thursday May 24, 2012 Jose A. Ayala 22 YOA was extradited from Mexico by US Marshals and handed over to Yakima Police Detectives at SeaTac International Airport.

Ayala was booked last night by Yakima Police Detectives into the Yakima County Jail on the charge of Murder 2nd Degree Domestic Violence.

Ayala was wanted in relation to the October 22, 2008 homicide of his girlfriend Yesenia Haro. 

Ayala has been in custody in Mexico since November, 2011 awaiting extradition.

Yakima Police Detectives, Yakima County Prosecutor’s Office, United States Marshal Service and the United State Department of Justice worked together on the extradition process.