Defendants Await Indictments in Matamoros Slayings
MEXICO CITY (AP) _ A woman described as the godmother of a gang of drug-smuggling ritual killers says she is innocent of any wrongdoing, including 15 slayings at a ranch near Matamoros.
But Sara Aldrete Villarreal, 24, of Matamoros, also said Friday she expects to be indicted on murder charges. She scoffed at the claim by investigators that she was the ″madrina,″ or godmother, of the gang.
Ms. Aldrete and Omar Francisco Orea Ochoa, 23, of Mexico City, were interviewed by The Associated Press at the Eastern Penitentiary. They have been held there since the May 6 shootout with police in which cult leader Adolfo de Jesus Constanzo and his associate, Martin Quintana Rodriguez, were killed.
Orea Ochoa, Ms. Aldrete and gang member Alvaro de Leon Valdez were arraigned in the Matamoros slayings earlier this week in the 9th Federal Criminal Court in Mexico City and were awaiting other indictments.
They were indicted last month on various charges in connection with Constanzo’s death in a Mexico City apartment and pleaded innocent.
Ms. Aldrete and Orea Ochoa also said they were innocent of the Matarmoros killings and when they were captured May 6 they were fleeing, against their will, with Constanzo.
″He threatened me,″ said Orea Ochoa of Constanzo.
Ms. Aldrete said the man who forced her to accompany him was a different man from the charming fortune-teller she’d met a year and a half earlier.
″I thought I knew him, but I didn’t,″ she said.
Constanzo made her go with him when he fled Matamoros for Mexico City because he feared she would go to police, she added.
Ms. Aldrete said Constanzo hit her and threatened her with a submachine gun.
Constanzo, Quintana Rodriguez, Orea Ochoa and Ms. Aldrete left Matamoros after authorities began digging up mutilated bodies April 9 at the Santa Elena ranch.
Among the victims was Mark Kilroy, a 21-year-old University of Texas student.
Authorities said Kilroy and several other victims were sacrificed in rituals to provide magical protection for the gang’s drug-trafficking business.
Seven people in Matamoros, including two fugitives, were charged last month in the slayings.
Both Orea Ochoa and Ms. Aldrete said they knew nothing of the Matamoros killings until they saw news reports. Orea Ochoa said he had never been to the ranch, and Ms. Aldrete said she was there only once for a birthday party.
Ms. Aldrete, a former honor student at Texas Southernmost College in Brownsville, said she spends her time in solitary confinement reading.
″If I knew I did something, I could say I was paying for it, but I didn’t,″ she said.
Orea Ochoa said he tries not to think about what will happen to him.
″The future is very black,″ he said. ″Something completely different from what I wanted.″