Mexican national charged with murder in shooting death of California policeman

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The Mexican national suspected of shooting dead a California police officer during a traffic stop the day after Christmas has been charged with murder.

Gustavo Perez Arriaga, 32, was officially charged on Wednesday in the death of 33-year-old Newman Police Cpl Ronil Singh.

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Singh had pulled over Arriaga, who authorities said was in the country illegally, on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Arriaga's charges include a special circumstance enhancement that would make his case eligible for the death penalty. The last execution that took place in California was in 2006.

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The complaint also includes enhancements for allegedly using a gun in Singh's death and acting with premeditation, according to the Modesto Bee.

It is not yet known if prosecutors will plan to seek the death penalty. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday afternoon in Stanislaus Superior Court.

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Seven people total have been arrested for helping Arriaga evade police before he was finally arrested on Friday following a 55-hour manhunt.

Officials said Arriaga had been preparing to flee to Mexico before his arrest.

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Bernabe Madrigal Castaneda, 59, Erasmo Villegas, 36, and Maria Luisa Moreno, 57, who were all in the Bakersfield house where Arriaga was arrested, were charged with aiding and abetting.

Arriaga's girlfriend Ana Cervantes, 30, his brothers Conrado Mendoza, 34, and Adrian Virgen, 25, and his co-worker Erik Quiroz, 35, were also charged with felony accessory.

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The four have all pleaded not guilty and will appear in court on Wednesday for a pretrial hearing with Arriaga, who is being held without bail.

Authorities said Cervantes, Mendoza, Virgen, and Quiroz all entered the US illegally.

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US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have placed detainers on them as well as Arriaga, which means they will be given time to take them into custody if any of the five...
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