Last Modified: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:15 AM
The search is over for a man accused of raping and killing a 26-year-old woman in front of her 4-year-old son six years ago in south Lake Charles.
Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara, 26, was placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list in June 2013 for breaking into the home of his neighbor, Wanda Barton, on Feb. 19, 2008, then raping her and stabbing her to death, authorities said.
Guevara was returned to Lake Charles Tuesday evening, after being extradited from his native Mexico, authorities announced Wednesday morning at a news conference.
Guevera was the first person connected to a Southwest Louisiana crime to be placed on the Top Ten list.
Guevara was reportedly in the United States illegally, working construction in the area. Authorities said Guevara was a neighbor of the Bartons, living in the same mobile home park near the intersection of Country Club and Nelson roads.
After the crime, Guevara immediately went on the run — it is believed he traveled to Dallas, then took a bus to Mexico, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said.
Barton’s body was not found until the following day — her son was in the home unharmed. Kevin Barton, her husband, said the family did not know Guevara.
Guevara reportedly boarded a bus in Dallas around 10 a.m. Feb. 20, then was seen on camera crossing into Mexico. He is then believed to have returned to his hometown of Rioverde, San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
Guevara has already been indicted in Calcasieu. In 2008, a grand jury returned charges of second-degree murder, aggravated rape and aggravated burglary.
He did not face a first-degree murder charge because the Mexican government doesn’t extradite anyone facing the death penalty.
Four of his roommates were also in the country illegally and were detained by U.S. Border Control.
One of those roommates, Jose Jamie Torres-Doguz or Jose Torres was held as a material witness — Torres was also an illegal
immigrant. Torres was charged with accessory after the fact to second-degree murder.
Posted By: Willard Shaw On: 8/2/2014
Title: Thomas Lejeune
President Obama was not even in office when this happened.... get your facts straight....
Posted By: Charles Weydert On: 8/2/2014
Title: Jose Guevara
We must find why they come accross our border illegally and punish those who provide what they seek. When our country
was unified on this issue, that is, our Church's, Schools, employees, and Employers all supported our border laws this problem was controllable. Charlotte is correct give credit where credit is due however the border has not been controlled since President Eisenhower left office. WHY WHO PROSPERS?
Posted By: Charlotte Savant On: 7/30/2014
Title: Jose Guevara
Obama's 1st term began on January 20th, 2009; not sure how he was responsible for this man being in this country on February 19th, 2008 when Mrs. Barton was horrifically raped and murdered. Obama has deported more undocumented immigrants than any other president and before the recent refugee crisis (also a product of a GW Bush law signed in 2008) there has been a great decline in numbers of undocumented people coming in over the last few years. Perhaps we should look at the companies who created a demand for these workers by knowingly and willingly hiring them at substandard wages. It I great that this man is in custody - the article clearly states that Mexico does not extradite if the death penalty is on the table - he would never have been brought to justice any other way.
Posted By: Vickie Layton On: 7/30/2014
Title: Jose' Guevara
This is so wrong! I'm so glad they caught this monster. The woman he raped & killed is the niece of a very dear friend of mine. And what I don't get is why we can't give him the death penalty? If it were an American in Mexico do you think they'd let him live? So, now as an ILLEGAL ALIEN, we have to feed him until he dies of natural causes? That's just bull :poop:. Maybe the inmates will find out what he did and they will do justice for Wanda & her entire family.
Posted By: Tammy C. McFarland On: 7/30/2014
Am so glad this monster is behind bars, it was my best friends daughter in law je killed in front of my friends grandson... Justice is mine say ith th Lord and I hope he gets it all !!!!! He'll has a place for him....
Posted By: Thomas Lejeune On: 7/30/2014
Obama needs to be charge on this to for letting them over
And pay for the child school and the rest of his life