Mexican law enforcement officials Thursday extradited an American citizen wanted in connection with the elaborate 2008 plot to kill his girlfriend in order to receive a large life-insurance payout, according to Marina police.
Victor Cabrera was arrested in Guadalajara, Mexico, on April 11 and was awaiting extradition.
He is accused of strangling Roshni Singh in the early morning hours at the couple’s Marina home on Sept. 28, 2008, in order to receive a payout from her $600,000 life insurance policy, of which he was a beneficiary, police said.
Investigators believe Cabrera killed Roshni in the home, but her body was later found in her parked car in Monterey. Police say that on the day Roshni was killed, Cabrera called from the service station in Monterey where he worked to report he had been robbed.
Officers found Cabrera on the ground with his hands tied behind his back and candy boxes and other items scattered on the floor.
He allegedly made up the robbery and told police he spent 45 minutes trying to free himself. He also claimed that he knocked down a phone with his nose and used his tongue to call 911.
When Cabrera was taken in for questioning, officers at the time didn’t have enough evidence to show he was connected with Singh’s death. Cabrera left the area that same day and investigators later linked him to the strangling.
A second suspect in the case, Francisco Agaton-Hernandez, had admitted he helped Cabrera cover up the murder by staging a robbery, covering up the body and disposing of evidence, according to police.
Agaton-Hernandez was convicted in Singh’s murder and is serving a sentence of 15 years to life in prison.
At the time of the killing, Cabrera was a beneficiary of Singh’s life insurance policy and there was a second policy worth $360,000 for her son, who is now a student at an out-of-state college.
Cabrera faces charges of first-degree murder with a special circumstance of murder for financial gain and conspiracy to commit murder, prosecutors have said.
If convicted, Cabrera could be sentenced to life in prison without parole but cannot be sentenced to the death penalty under his agreement for extradition.
Agaton-Hernandez was convicted in 2010 of second-degree murder.
Cabrera’s arraignment is scheduled for today at 1:30 p.m. at the Monterey County Superior Court in Salinas.
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