Tuesday, July 11, 2006


Bond denied for slaying suspect who fled to Mexico
Tribune--On Monday Roberto Ramirez, 26, stood before Cook County Criminal Court Judge Laura Sullivan, who ordered Ramirez held without bond. He faces up to 120 years in prison if he is convicted of first-degree murder, aggravated criminal sexual assault and home invasion, prosecutors said.

Melissa Dorner was found beaten and strangled in her apartment in the 6100 block of North Winthrop Avenue on Jan. 24, 2005. Ramirez, whose hair, some clothing and other evidence were found at the scene, had fled to Mexico. He allegedly admitted to a friend that he had done "something bad," police said.

Ramirez was arrested in a Mexico City suburb Jan. 4 following a tip authorities received after an FBI agent appeared on a Mexican TV show in November seeking information about Ramirez's whereabouts. Ramirez was returned to the U.S. about 3 a.m. Saturday, and he made a videotaped confession Saturday evening, police said. More...
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