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Suspect in killings may go free in Ecuador

Countries at odds over where to prosecute him

By Maria Sacchetti
Globe Staff / November 16, 2011

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Ecuadoran officials have warned the US government that a man accused of killing a young mother and her son in Brockton could go free in six months unless Plymouth County prosecutors send evidence to try him in Ecuador for the alleged crimes. The South American nation’s Oct. 31 letter to the US Department of Justice follows months of emotional debate between the two countries over where to prosecute Luis A. Guaman, a 41-year-old roofer indicted in the February beating deaths of Maria Avelina Palaguachi and her 2-year-old son, Brian.

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