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.