SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man accused of stabbing his estranged wife to death outside her Southcrest home, then hiding out in Mexico for 5 1/2 years, pleaded not guilty Thursday to a murder charge.
Mauricio Tadeo Alba, 46, was extradited from Mexico City to Los Angeles, where San Diego police took custody of him on Wednesday, SDPD Lt. Kevin Rooney said.
Tadeo -- who was ordered held without bail -- faces life in prison without parole if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Sylvia Tenorio.
The defendant allegedly stabbed 36-year-old Alma Tadeo eight times as she was leaving home to work a second job on Jan. 26, 2006.
About 20 minutes later, the man's pickup truck crossed into Mexico, Rooney said. Detectives recovered the vehicle at Tijuana International Airport the next day.
Over the next several years, homicide detectives worked with prosecutors to obtain an arrest warrant -- issued last October -- permitting Tadeo's extradition to the United States.
Five months ago, FBI agents and Mexican police arrested Tadeo at a relative's home near Mexico City.
Tenorio told reporters there was a history of domestic violence and stalking in the relationship between Tadeo and his wife and that the victim had tried to leave the marriage.
His extradition is the second this year and 10th since 2008. Prior to that, no defendants had been formally extradited to San Diego from Mexico, prosecutors said.
In addition to first-degree murder, Tadeo faces a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait and an allegation of personal use of a deadly weapon.
Judge David Szumowski set a status conference for July 21 and a preliminary hearing for July 27.
Cool and cloudy conditions start off Friday morning, but the sun will break through in the afternoon. Strong winds in San Diego County's deserts are also expected to ease up Friday morning.
A 30-year-old was knocked out and stabbed three times at the Beyer Trolley Station early Sunday morning, according to Officer Robert Heims of the San Diego Police Department.
A bird was responsible for an outage that left thousands without electricity Sunday, a San Diego Gas & Electric spokesperson said.
The remains of a U.S. Navy pilot killed when his plane was shot down during the Vietnam War have been brought to San Diego for burial.
In the wake of the Gate Fire, which ignited May 20, the Bureau of Land Management has issued new restrictions for Southern California counties, including San Diego.
Veterans are being honored across San Diego County during Memorial Day weekend and dozens of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were among those spending their Saturday placing American flags at burial sites at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
With thousands of San Diegans expected to celebrate the holiday weekend at the beach, lifeguards are on high alert and a have a few warnings for those headed to the water.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, is scheduled to visit local Navy personnel in San Diego and Coronado next week, her office announced Saturday.
A 30-year-old Vista man was arrested for drunk driving and failure to yield Saturday morning after leading Carlsbad police on a high-speed pursuit that ended with the suspect crashing into a pole, according to authorities.
A man, possibly armed, and holed up inside a home in the Bay Park community for about four hours Saturday surrendered to police without incident.