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Man accused of killing, burying stepmom in Tijuana appears in court

Posted at 7:06 PM, Mar 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-11 22:08:24-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Aaron Juarez sat stone-faced as a public defender tried to convince a South Bay judge he's not a flight risk; especially not to Mexico. The deputy district attorney says Juarez, 20, is a gang member recently sentenced to probation on a firearms conviction.

The judge ordered him held without bail for violating his probation, but he's wanted in Tijuana for allegedly murdering his stepmom.

"They used to have a good relationship before, but after he starts with his drug problems and his gang problems, she was kind of, scared," said Erika Gonzalez, the victim's sister.

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After getting an anonymous tip, the family of Fernanda Gonzalez Serrano found her body buried in the backyard of her home in Tijuana last month. She'd been shot in the head. They'd been searching for her for weeks.

Around the time she disappeared, Gonzalez' husband showed up at a hospital in San Diego with a gunshot wound. He declined to talk with the media Monday afternoon.

"It really hurts that they can support someone like that. Even my sister's husband was here supporting the murder of my sister and that really hurts me," said Gonzalez.

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The family's attorney says it could be at least 60 days before Juarez is sent back to Mexico to face murder charges.

Gonzalez' sister says she'll keep fighting.

"She was a really good sister, she was our older sister. She was always caring about the family, and she was the one who was always putting our family together, and now she's not here."

Chula Vista Police say they arrested Juarez after he showed up to a meeting his probation officer last week with drugs on him.