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Accused Clovis child killer Torres returned to N.M.
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An accused child killer on the run for six years is back in custody in New Mexico.

Noe Torres is charged in the 2005 death of a ten-year-old Clovis boy. He has been hiding out in Mexico since.

Authorities flew Torres to Albuquerque Tuesday. He first stopped at the federal courthouse for extradition paperwork before being transferred to state police headquarters.

As he was walked into the headquarters, KOB 4's Joe Vigil confronted Torres.

"Did you kill that little boy?" asked Vigil.

"No I didn't," said Torres.

Investigators say Torres was part of a gang that fired several shots into a Clovis home in September 2005, killing ten-year-old Carlos Perez inside. Police believe Perez' older brother was the intended target of the shooting.

Torres fled to Mexico where he remained hidden for more than six years. But seven months ago, Torres contacted the FBI and the district attorney's office in Clovis asking for charges against him to be dropped. He even sent a letter to Governor Martinez, which is what ultimately led to his capture.

Governor Martinez handed over a packet of photos and warrants to Mexican officials who quickly tracked down Torres at a religious compound in Chihuahua on January 25. He had been in Mexican custody until his transfer to New Mexico on Tuesday.

Torres faces three charges including first-degree murder, attempted murder and shooting at an occupied building.

Once Torres is returned to Curry County, District Attorney Matt Chandler plans to file a motion to have him moved to a more secure state prison because of his status as a high flight risk.

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