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Castillo-Alvarez headed to Minnesota

By Staff | May 14, 2010

Third Judicial District Judge David A. Lester Thursday filed a ruling that Juan Humberto Castillo-Alvarez be turned over to Minnesota authorities on charges related to the June 1997 slaying of Gregory Sky Erickson of Estherville.

Castillo had fought extradition proceedings by the State of Minnesota to return him for criminal charges. He is charged with aiding and advising murder in second degree-intentional murder, aiding and advising murder in the second degree-unintentional murder and aiding and advising kidnapping. The charges stem from Castillo’s alleged involvement with Erickson’s death in Jackson County, Minn., on June 5 or June 6, 1997.

Castillo has been housed in the Clay County Jail in Spencer during the extradition proceedings.

Castillo had contended that Minnesota’s attempt to extradite him violated the extradition treaty between the United States and Mexico. However, Randy Krukow, Clay County sheriff, argued the international extradition treaty did not apply when the issue was extradition between states.

Judge Lester ruled that keeping Castillo in custody for extradition to Minnesota did not violate the international treaty with Mexico.

Krukow was directed in the ruling to deliver Castillo to Jackson County with bail to remain as set previously.