Man Pleads Not Guilty To 1995 Caltech Lunchtime Killing

PASADENA (CBS) — A man who was extradited from Mexico to face a murder charge stemming from the 1995 lunchtime slaying of a Caltech custodian, entered a not guilty plea Wednesday.

Raul Alcazar Romero, now 55, is accused of shooting 36-year-old Francisco Mora while he ate lunch at the Caltech campus in Pasadena on April 21, 1995. He faces life in prison if convicted.

Romero allegedly approached Mora while he was sitting by a loading dock having lunch with co-workers, reportedly shot the victim several times and fled.

“Romero became jealous of the victim, who was having lunch with Romero’s ex-wife. She was unharmed,” Tracey Ibarra of the Pasadena Police Department said.

The ex-wife was also a Caltech employee, according to police.

Romero was found in Jalisco, Mexico, about two years ago, where he remained behind bars while awaiting extradition. He was turned over March 2 to the Pasadena Police Department.

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