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Elko Police Chief Ben Reed

Police Chief Ben Reed speaking about the extradition of Eduardo Estrada-Puentes Friday. 

ELKO -- Eduardo Estrada-Puentes, who is accused of murdering Stephanie Gonzalez, has been extradited from Mexico and is in Washoe County Jail, said Police Chief Ben Reed.

"The Mexican Federal Government granted the extradition back to the United States to stand trial for murder," said Reed. 

Reed explained this case has spanned the local, state, national and international levels. 

Estrada-Puentes was brought to Reno Thursday by the FBI, before being transported to Washoe County and booked on the Elko County Warrant. Local police anticipate his transfer to Elko sometime next week, said Reed. 

"All the appropriate local authorities have been notified, and now the wheels will start to turn here locally...," said Reed. 

Estrada-Puentes is accused of killing his estranged wife, Stephanie Gonzalez, on June 25, 2011. Soon after Estrada-Puentes fled to Mexico, where, with the help of the FBI and Mexican federal authorities, he was located and spent the past year in custody in Mexico City -- where he underwent extradition hearings.

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Estrada-Puentes' warrant, issued in June of 2011, charges him with open murder. This can include first degree murder and all lesser offenses. The warrant has been in effect for four-and-a-half-years, said Reed.   

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