After 5 Years, Murder Suspect Extradited

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(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–Years after a man was found dead with a bullet wound to the head on remote State Route 160 in rural Clark County, his alleged killer has been brought to Las Vegas.

Leandro Lopez-Turatiz, a Cuban immigrant who came to Las Vegas from Miami, is believed to have shot and killed a partner in a marijuana growing operation in May of 2009,  and fled to Canada, where he fought extradition years after his arrest there on a murder warrant.

Police say his journey ended when he was brought to McCarran Airport from Vancouver, BC to face charges in the shooting of Francisco Lambert-Cordero, who was found dead along a fire access road on BLM land. Police would later link Lopez-Turatiz to the killing through belongings found in a Mercedes owned by the victim, and DNA evidence from those belongings.

Authorities think the killing occurred at an apartment in Las Vegas, and after attempts to dispose of evidence, Lopez-Turatiz took the body to the rural area and covered it with tree branches.

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