Suspect Charged

By: AP
By: AP

The suspect in the slaying of a Denver police officer will be charged with second-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder -- charges that carry up to 96 years in prison.

enver District Attorney Mitch Morrisey says the move could speed up the process of extraditing Raul Gomez-Garcia from Mexico.

Gomez-Garcia is suspected in the shooting death of Detective Donnie Young, who was providing security for a baptismal party when he and another detective were ambushed from behind last month.

Gomez-Garcia was arrested over the weekend in Culiacan, Mexico.

Morrisey says Young's widow and his wounded partner, Detective John Bishop, agreed to the charges.

Prosecutors faced some tough decisions because Mexico doesn't extradite suspects facing life imprisonment or the death penalty. A first-degree murder charge could have carried both those penalties.

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