Ex-Amazon CEO on the run as hitman confirms payment to kill his wife

Amazon Mexico and Twitter / Juan Carlos Garcia

Juan Carlos Garcia, who was the first CEO of Amazon when it opened offices in Mexico in 2014, is on the run and could be in the U.S., according to several reports. The fugitive allegedly entered the nation through foot at a checkpoint near Mexican city Tijuana which borders San Diego, in California. His wife Abril Pérez Sagaón was shot dead. Garcia is the chief suspect in her murder as he reportedly hired the motorbike assassin, who shot her.

Although the ex-Amazon CEO who left the e-commerce giant three years later and joined Elektra, a Mexican tech company, according to his LinkedIn profile, is on the run, the case, which began on Monday is proceeding in Mexico. One of the two hitmen he hired has confirmed in a Mexico City Court that Garcia paid them $9,000 to kill Abril, on 2019. One of the hitmen also testified that they would get an additional $2,500 if her killing took place before the next court hearing of the couple.

Garcia and his wife had been estranged after she filed for divorce. She had accused of him trying to murder her after he beat her with a baseball bat, in January 2019, while she was sleeping. Although Garcia was in custody when the accusation was made, he was released after a judge changed the charge to domestic violence, as per the report.

Authorities said that Abril was in Mexico City for a scheduled hearing, when she was gunned down by a motorcyclist, while sitting in a car with her children and her attorney. They said that she had been flown from Neuvo Leon into Mexico City to undergo a psychological evaluation at a hospital mandated by the court. The evaluation was to be done as a part of the previous investigation as she had accused her husband of attempting to murder her.

Juan Carlos Garcia wrote a letter to the mayor of Mexico City maintaining his innocence. He is on the run and there is an Interpol warrant for his arrest, in 190 countries.

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