ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Seven Colombian nationals were extradited to the United States to face charges relating to the kidnapping and murder of a Drug Enforcement Administration special agent.
Gerardo Figueroa Sepulveda, 39; Omar Fabian Valdes Gualtero, 27; Edgar Javier Bello Murillo, 27; Hector Leonardo Lopez, 34; Julio Estiven Gracia Ramirez, 31; Andrés Alvaro Oviedo-Garcia, 22; and Wilson Daniel Peralta-Bocachica, 31, were all indicted by a grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia on July 18, 2013.
According to the indictment, while he was working for the U.S. Mission in Colombia, Special Agent James Terry Watson entered a taxi cab operated by one of the defendants.
Watson was then allegedly attacked by two other defendants – one who stunned Special Agent Watson with a stun gun and another who stabbed Special Agent Watson with a knife, resulting in his death, the indictment states.
Figueroa, Valdes, Bello, Lopez, Gracia and Oviedo-Garcia were part of a kidnapping and robbery conspiracy that utilized taxi cabs in Bogotá, Colombia, to lure victims into a position where they could be attacked and robbed, the indictment alleges.
The defendants arrived in the United States on Tuesday and made their initial appearance in federal court in Alexandria, Wednesday.
Sepulveda, Valdes, Bello, Lopez, Ramirez and Oviedo-Garcia are each being charged with two counts of second degree murder, one count of kidnapping and one count of conspiracy to kidnap. Oviedo-Garcia was also charged with two counts of assault. Additionally, the grand jury indicted Peralta-Bocachica for his alleged efforts to destroy evidence associated murder.