Police find murderer thanks to public appeal


NATIONAL POLICE arrested a man, 24, sentenced to 29 years in prison for murder, thanks to help from the public.

In 2010, Jose Manuel Garcia Barata killed a taxi driver in Salamanca when he shot the passenger he was carrying in a settling of scores related to drug trafficking. He fired five shots, one of which hit the driver.

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He was wanted for murder, attempted murder, illegal possession of firearms and falsifying documents. He was free while the trial was held and disappeared before being sentenced.

Police issued a request for help in finding him and he was arrested in Ponferrada, Leon.

It is thought he may have been accompanied by his wife and three-year-old son and carrying forged documents.


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