Man extradited from Mexico charged with 2006 Utah murders

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – On the evening of January 6, convicted felon Juan Antonio Arreola-Murillo was transported from Mexico to the Salt Lake County Jail after being charged with three counts of aggravated murder, one count aggravated theft and two counts of aggravated burglary.

Arreola-Murillo’s first offenses took place on February 9, 2006, when he strangled Sonia Mejia in her apartment at 1167 West Clubhouse Drive, killing her and her unborn fetus.

A neighbor reported that she saw an unknown man standing in front of Mejia’s door and chatting with her around 11:30 a.m. before grabbing her by the throat, punching her on the side of the head, and entering. his apartment by closing the door behind him. him.

Mejia was found dead by her husband on his way home from work around 6 p.m. Mejia’s car and the jewelry she was wearing went missing during her husband’s examination.

Arreola-Murillo’s second wave of crimes took place exactly two years later, on February 9, 2008, when he strangled Damiana Castillo to death inside her home at 4000 South Redwood Road.

Castillo’s purse and jewelry box had been significantly disturbed.

It was not until 2016 that the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) reported that Arreola-Murillo’s fingerprints matched those taken at the scene of the Mejia and Castillo homicides.

Arreola-Murillo was deported to Mexico in October 2008 and has remained there since, not returning to the United States until after his imprisonment.

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