The woman was identified on Thursday as Luz Maria Franco-Fierros, 49, of Mexico. She and the accused killer, Jose Luis Rubi-Nava, lived together even though he has a wife and children back in Mexico.
The alleged killer has been arrested, and he is an illegal alien who worked in construction [Arrest made in gruesome murder, 9News 9/20/06].
During the Wednesday morning press conference, Weaver also said the suspect, Jose Luis Rubi-Nava, 36 of Glendale, was being held on first degree murder charges. Weaver added that "a detainer has been placed" on Rubi-Nava from Immigration Customs Enforcement due to the fact that he is believed to be in the country illegally.
He is currently being held at the Douglas County jail on a no-bond hold.
It was later discovered that the accused had been arrested on April 21 and charged with false identification, no driver's license and no proof of insurance. However, those charges were dismissed in court and he was released, another foreign criminal set loose in America with deadly results.