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Shooting Suspect Arrested in Mexico

November 22, 1997

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) _ A Texas man jailed in northern Mexico may face quick deportation to the United States, where he is accused of killing a Florida mother of quadruplets, authorities said Friday.

Jose Luis Del Toro, 21, was arrested Thursday evening in Monterrey by Mexican state judicial police who were acting on a request from U.S. authorities.

He was charged with illegally entering Mexico, police spokesman Hector Aleman said. Because of that charge, Mexican authorities could waive extradition in favor of deportation.

Del Toro should return to the United States in ``a matter of days,″ U.S. consulate spokesman Steve Holgate said.

Del Toro is charged in the Nov. 7 death of Sheila Bellush, a 35-year-old mother of six who was shot to death in her Sarasota, Fla., home.

The victim’s 13-year-old daughter discovered the body and found the 23-month-old quadruplets unharmed but crawling in the woman’s blood.

Mrs. Bellush, formerly of San Antonio, was buried Thursday in Newton, N.J., where her husband’s family lives.

Florida police have given no motive in the slaying, but two San Antonio men were arrested earlier this week and charged with being co-conspirators in the crime.

Mrs. Bellush’s ex-husband, Allen Blackthorne of San Antonio, has acknowledged knowing one of the two men, but said through his attorney that he was in Texas at the time of the slaying and has denied any involvement.

Sarasota police interviewed Blackthorne, but the focus later turned to Del Toro, who police said left fingerprints on a dryer in Mrs. Bellush’s house. A car he is believed to have driven from Texas to Florida was recovered in Austin, Texas, and police said they found a handgun and directions to Mrs. Bellush’s home inside.

Del Toro was released Nov. 2 from a jail in Austin, Texas, where he had been serving time on weekends to fulfill a 30-day sentence for misdemeanor theft.

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