14. As noted earlier, the parents of brothers Maurilio Soto
Campa, Meliton Soto Campa, and Pablo Soto Campa are Arturo Soto
and Cristina Campa. They reside in Chicago. The three brothers
and first cousin Lauro Soto Campa all share the same paternal
grandparents, and all four were born in Villa Cardenas, in
15. Maurilio Soto Campa left Mexico in 1984, when he was 13
years old. He has returned only twice. The last time that he was
in Mexico was to bury his brother in 1995. He was in Mexico then
for about a week to 10 days.
16. Maurilio Soto Campa's brother, Mario Soto Campa, was
murdered in Villa Cardenas, Zacatecas, Mexico, on March 2, 1995.
Maurilio, Pablo, and Meliton Soto Campa, and their first cousin,
Lauro Soto Campa, all attended Mario's funeral in Villa Cardenas
in March of 1995.
17. Maurilio Soto Campa was absent from his place of
employment in the Chicago area between March 18, 1995 and April
18. Pablo Soto Campa quit his job in the Chicago area on
March 3, 1995. Pablo told his employer that he was quitting to go
to Mexico. Pablo returned to work and was rehired on December 11,
19. Meliton Soto Campa was absent from his place of
employment in the Chicago area for about three months, beginning
in early March of 1995. Meliton told his employer that he had to
go to Mexico because his brother had been murdered there.
20. The murders of Juan Manuel Ortega Mares, Jose Vicente
Ortega Rangel, Arnulfo Ortega Mares, and Maurilio Mares Aguero
occurred on March 20, 1995 in and around certain locations in
Villa Cardenas, in Zacatecas. In February of 1996, defendant
Maurilio Soto Campa's brother, Gustavo Soto, told Deputy United
States Marshal Jesus Gonzales that Maurilio and his other two
brothers, Pablo and Meliton, and his cousin, Lauro Soto Salas,
all went to Mexico to avenge the murder of their brother Mario
Soto Campa. At the August 21st, 2001 extradition hearing,
Gustavo, 24 years old with only a first year of high school
education, denied ever making the aforesaid statement to Deputy
Marshal Gonzales. However, Gustavo was not a credible witness.
For one thing, he denied that his brothers ever went to his
murdered brother's funeral. At the September 14th, 2001 reopening
and continuation of his extradition hearing, Maurilio Soto Campa,
himself, admitted that he had gone to Mexico to bury his brother.
In addition, Virgillo Soto, the older brother of Maurilio, Pablo,
Meliton, and Gustavo, similarly testified at the August 21st
extradition hearing that Maurilio was in attendance at his
murdered brother's funeral:
Government: And you say he [Mario Soto Campa] was
killed in Villa Cardenas, Mexico, is that correct?
Virgillo S: Yes.