WILDER, Idaho — A Wilder man who evaded police for six years after his wife was shot to death in their shared home pleaded not guilty in the case Wednesday morning.
Erasmo Diaz-Alcala, is accused of second-degree murder, injury to a child, destruction of evidence, desertion of minor children and use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony. Investigators say Diaz-Alcala shot his wife, 39-year-old Amparo Godinez Sanchez, in front of their children on June 11, 2015.
Law enforcement rushed to the home, but Diaz-Alcala was already gone. He abandoned his car across the border in Oregon, then made his way to Mexico, where he was arrested in a joint operation between the U.S. Marshals Service and the Mexican Federales in June of this year.
Diaz-Alcala was extradited back to Idaho to face the murder charge last month, the fulfillment in what Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue described as a vow to Sanchez' family.
If convicted of the most serious charge, Diaz-Alcala could face up to life in prison. A trial in the case is set to begin March 28.
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