Illegal slays Pasco mom, bail at $5M/Mexico: 'U.S. troops OK, but no stopping illegals!'

Bail set at $5 million in Pasco mom's slaying
Kristin M. Kraemer, Herald staff writer

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Gregorio Luna Luna keeps his head down through his first appearance in Franklin County Superior Court. Luna Luna is accused of stabbing Griselda Ocampo Meza, 21, early Monday during a domestic dispute at her North 22nd Avenue apartment. He was ordered held on $5 miliion bail. See breaking news brief. For the full story, see Wednesday's Herald and FOR MORE PHOTOS

PASCO — A 5-year-old boy was rushed out of a Pasco apartment Monday morning just minutes before his mother was stabbed in the chest, court documents revealed.

Griselda Ocampo Meza, 21, died of her injuries but the quick actions of her boyfriend Jairo Flores-Flores may have saved her son's life.

Documents filed Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court show Gregorio Luna Luna -- Ocampo Meza's former live-in boyfriend and the father of her son -- then allegedly turned his rage on Flores-Flores in an attempt to find the boy. He was unsuccessful and left the scene, documents said.

The boy now is safe in protective custody and is "getting counseling," said Prosecutor Steve Lowe.

Meanwhile, Luna Luna is behind bars on $5 million bail while prosecutors decide if the deadly domestic dispute warrants pursuit of the death penalty.

The 31-year-old man, who was deported to Mexico on May 1, is in the Franklin County jail on suspicion of first-degree murder. Prosecutors have until Thursday afternoon to file charges.

Luna Luna bowed his head Tuesday through his first court appearance.

Lowe told the court that the investigation over the next couple of days will determine if he seeks an aggravated murder charge and the potential for a death sentence.

If charged, Luna Luna will return to Superior Court on June 1. Shawn Sant and Karla Kane have been appointed to represent him.

Lawyer Matt Rutt stood in for Sant and Kane on Tuesday and said that he thought the bail was excessive, but left it to Luna Luna's new attorneys to argue.

Luna Luna has been ordered to have no contact with his son and five witnesses, including Flores-Flores, while the case is pending.

Ocampo Meza and Luna Luna were together for seven years and had one child during their relationship. Luna Luna was believed to have moved out of their North 22nd Avenue apartment in January.

Ocampo Meza got a protection order against Luna Luna nearly three months ago after filing documents that said she feared for her life because he'd "tried two times before" to kill her and had twice taken their son and threatened to kill the boy.

The two-year order included instructions for Luna Luna to stay away from Ocampo Meza and his son and to not commit any "acts of abuse" on them.

Luna Luna sat in jail from Jan. 30 to March 16 on an arrest for alleged domestic violence and malicious harassment, both involving his ex-girlfriend and his son.

He was then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and held in Tacoma's Northwest Detention Center until an immigration judge ordered his removal from the United States.

Luna Luna was flown back to Mexico on May 1. It is not known when in the following 23 days he recrossed the Mexican border and returned to Pasco.

According to court documents, he called a friend about a day before Ocampo Meza's death and said he was going to kill her. He called the friend again shortly after the slaying to say he had done it, documents said.

Pasco police got the call at 4:09 a.m. Monday for an assault involving a knife at 801 N. 22nd Ave.

Officer Brett Hansen found Ocampo Meza laying on the floor inside her home. Neither Hansen nor responding paramedics could find a pulse. She was taken to Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco, where she was pronounced dead.

Investigators learned from Ocampo Meza's boyfriend that Luna Luna had entered the apartment "and threatened to kill the victim and her 5-year-old son." Flores-Flores then grabbed the boy and fled the apartment, court documents said.

A neighbor in the Tepeyac Haven apartment complex told police he had heard the two arguing and was familiar with both of them because his wife provided daycare for their son. That same neighbor heard the argument stop, saw Luna Luna leave the apartment and begin to fight Flores-Flores as he tried to find his son, documents said.

Luna Luna was tracked down 11 hours later inside a vacant east Pasco home. In a subsequent interview with police, he reportedly "indicated he had been in a fight and he accidentally killed the victim."

An autopsy Tuesday afternoon revealed that Ocampo Meza died from a single stab wound to her chest, said Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel.

Dr. Daniel Selove, a forensic pathologist from Everett, performed the autopsy.

Ocampo Meza's family is in Mexico, Blasdel said. Her body is expected to be returned there.

An administrator with the state Division of Children and Family Services confirmed Tuesday that the boy is in their custody and is safe. Officials are providing services to him and will try to find the best place for him, the state official said.

Ocampo Meza is the second woman to be killed in a domestic dispute in Pasco in two weeks. Shenay Greenough of West Richland, who was eight months pregnant, was strangled to death May 8.



Mexico: 'U.S. troops OK, but no stopping illegals!'
Foreign gov't warns 1,200 soldiers must not enforce immigration laws

Posted: May 27, 2010
1:00 am Eastern

By Chelsea Schilling
© 2010 WorldNetDaily

The Mexican government has announced it respects the Obama administration's decision to send 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S. southern border to counter cross-border drug and weapons trafficking – just as long as the troops don't enforce U.S. immigration laws.

Two soldiers from the Tennessee National Guard on duty along U.S.-Mexico border, near Yuma, Ariz.

The Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C., released the following statement on May 25:

Regarding the administration's decision to send 1,200 National Guard servicemen to the U.S. Southern border, the government of Mexico trusts that this decision will help to channel additional U.S. resources to enhance efforts to prevent the illegal flows of weapons and bulk cash into Mexico, which provide organized crime with its firepower and its ability to corrupt.
Additionally, the government of Mexico expects that National Guard personnel will strengthen U.S. operations in the fight against transnational organized crime that operates on both sides of our common border and that it will not, in accordance to its legal obligations, conduct activities directly linked to the enforcement of immigration laws [emphasis added].

Upon learning of the statement, former Rep. Tom Tancredo told WND, "The Mexican government can be assured that there will be no attempt to enforce immigration law by the National Guard because there is no attempt to enforce immigration law by the president of the United States."

Statement from Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Tancredo said he is certain the statement was released after the Mexican government communicated its expectations with the White House.

"I guarantee you that before Barack Obama decided to send the troops, he called the president of Mexico to let him know," Tancredo said. "Things like this don't happen without that kind of communication. This is proof of that. What they're doing here is reaffirming what the president told them."

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Tancredo said 1,200 troops for a 2,000 mile border is an inadequate number because there have been requests for up to 8,000, with 6,000 in the Arizona area alone.

Former Rep. Tom Tancredo

"Remember, 1,200 means 400 in three shifts," he said. "If you do not have three shifts, what does it matter? You have 1,200 out there for eight hours a day and then you pull them back? It's ludicrous!"

Arizona border residents told Fox News today that Obama's wavering immigration policy is only making things worse.

"Every time our president talks to the Mexican president, or every time the word amnesty comes over the Mexican news, there is a flood of people," said one unnamed resident who feared retaliation.

The residents said troops won't deter illegal aliens and drug smugglers.

"There's guys out here with no guns, and they're our troops," she said. "The Mexicans think we're nuts."

As WND recently reported, thousands of illegal aliens apprehended along the 2,000 mile border stretching through California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas aren't even from Mexico. Many are citizens of countries that are known sponsors of terrorism, including Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, Syria and Iran.

Tancredo said he doesn't believe the U.S. government's decision to send troops is intended to improve the situation.

"I don't think anybody thinks this matters," he said. "Obama certainly doesn't. That's why he's doing it."

He added, "The desire is not to fix the problem. The desire is to have amnesty. All of this is in anticipation of amnesty."