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Suspect envolved with the murder of two women in Othello could face deportation

- Othello, WA AP


U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is moving to deport a man suspected of killing two women and leaving their dismembered bodies in an abandoned car in the central Washington town of Othello, officials said. Mauricio Nava-Garibay is a citizen of Mexico who is in the United States illegally, according to a news release from ICE. ICE has lodged an immigration detainer with Adams County Jail, where Nava-Garibay is being held, The Spokesman-Review reported.

The detainer is a request for the jail to hold Nava-Garibay 48 hours after he would otherwise be released, whether he posts bail, prosecutors drop charges against him or after a finding of guilt or innocence. It wasn’t immediately known if Nava-Garibay has an attorney to comment on his case.

On the night of the crime Thursday January 28th Adams County Sheriff’s received a call about a vehicle in the 2200 block of Charla Rd in the Edison Tracks region of town. The report came in about a vehicle with blood on the hood. When Sheriff deputies found the car matching the description they also found two deceased individual inside the vehicle's trunk. On that night the WSP Crime Lab was called in to assist the scene and secured the area.

The sheriff’s office said “Investigations like these are very tasking and delicate. And once the body can be positively be identified they will then identify his or her family.”

Nava-Garibay confessed to killing the two women 57-year-old Dora Martinez and her 30-year-old relative Guadalupe Martinez leaving behind a disturbing scene many can't describe. The Adams County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Nava-Garibay Thursday night, hours after finding the bodies and their remains. The man decided to have his rights waived and agreed to an interview, according to Adams' county court documents.

He told authorities he got in a fight with his girlfriend, Dora Martinez, on Wednesday evening and that she hit him, according to court documents. He told her he had a gift for her in the garage and then he stabbed her and strangled her, documents said. Guadalupe Martinez entered the garage and Nava-Garibay told officers he also killed her, documents said. He said he dismembered their bodies, put them in a vehicle, drove a few miles and abandoned the vehicle. Nava-Garibay is being held on two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of removal or concealment of a body.

BY: AP NEWS / Brandon Sanchez

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