US soldier is handed over to Mexican law enforcement at bridge in El Paso

By Michael Swaney

Update: The soldier who is accused of killing a 19-year-old woman from Juarez while he was stationed at Fort Bliss was extradited to Mexico Tuesday morning.

U.S. authorities handed Saul Luna Villa to Mexican law enforcement at the Stanton Street International Bridge, which connects the United States–Mexico border cities of El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.

Source: Mexican authorities

February 9, 2024 – A soldier serving in the US Army has asked a federal court to expedite his extradition to Mexico after he waived his right under the U.S. extradition treaty with Mexico.

Spc. Saul Luna Villa, 23, is accused of killing a 19-year-old woman in Juarez, Mexico last year.

The Mexican city of Juarez is just south of Fort Bliss, the army installation Luna Villa is assigned to.

According to his service record, he is a mortarman assigned to the 1st Armored Division and has been at Fort Bliss for more than two years.

Mexican authorities issued an arrest warrant for Luna Villa on April 14, 2023, a week after her death.

The Wisconsin native has been in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since September of 2023 and is being held at at the West Texas Detention Center.

Court documents withheld the name of his victim, but according to news reports, he is accused of killing Aylin Valenzuela the same day he traveled across the border to visit her.

He was allegedly captured on security camera footage dumping her body from his truck at the same intersection where her body was discovered.

“I admit that I am the individual against whom charges are pending in Mexico and for whom process in outstanding there,” Luna Villa stated in court documents.

Court records stated Luna Villa had been in an unhealthy relationship with her for four years.

“[He] was very jealous and possessive, and the couple argued very often,” the records stated.

Her autopsy revealed she was stabbed five times and shot five times, according to KTSM.

According to Stars and Stripes, the victim’s mother received a selfie photo from her shortly before her death that showed Luna Villa’s arm with his distinct tattoos.

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