Published On: Thu, May 18th, 2017

Canadian accused in Cancun murder to be jailed two years pending trial

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CANCUN — A Quintana Roo judge has ordered a Canadian man suspected in a grisly Cancun murder held in custody for two years until he can stand trial, according to the Toronto Sun.

The 33-year-old man — reportedly named Michael Kalata — allegedly beat Mexican university student Gabriela Jaramillo to death on April 22 at the Gran Caribe Hotel in Cancun.

The judge found sufficient evidence to begin proceedings against the suspect — referred to in court as M.K. — for the crime of qualified homicide with aggravating circumstances in Jaramillo’s death.

Man identified by authorities as "M.K." and victim Gabriela Jaramilla. (PHOTO: cbc.com)

Man identified by authorities as “M.K.” and victim Gabriela Jaramillo. (PHOTO: cbc.com)



Court was told that detectives expect to close the investigation within a month.

Local media report that Kalata was allegedly Jaramillo’s romantic partner, although some of her friends denied that.

Doctors said Jaramillo was battered about her body but it was a catastrophic shot to the brain that killed her.

Media reported that Jaramillo had traveled to Cancun to take in a few days of sun and sand. She was allegedly staying with Kalata in his suite.

Detectives allege that Kalata also tried to strangle her because of marks on Jaramillo’s neck.

Source: torontosun.com

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