The family of a Missouri man who authorities say was one of five men killed this week by a Mexican national say they want answers about why the alleged assailant was even in the U.S.
Randy Nordman's family issued a statement Thursday saying that if Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino had been detained and deported after several brushes with the law last year, Nordman might still be alive.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it sent an order to detain Serrano-Vitorino in September to a Kansas sheriff's department instead of the Kansas court where he was fingerprinted over traffic citations.
ICE says Serrano-Vitorino was deported in 2004 but made it back into the country at some point. He's accused of killing his neighbor and three other men at his neighbor's Kansas City, Kansas, home Monday and killing Nordman the next day at Nordman's central Missouri home.
Authorities say a jailed Mexican national accused of killing five men earlier this week cut himself with a safety razor in an apparent attempt to take his own life.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Department says in a statement that 40-year-old Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino was found to have cut himself Thursday morning in his cell and was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.
Serrano-Vitorino was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the previous day's shooting death of 49-year-old Randy Nordman near New Florence, Missouri.
Serrano-Vitorino also is charged in Kansas with four counts of first-degree murder linked to the shooting deaths Monday of his neighbor and three other men at the neighbor's home.
Missouri's attorney general says a Mexican national accused of killing one man in that state and four others in Kansas will be prosecuted first in Missouri.
Attorney General Chris Koster said Thursday that his office has been asked by Montgomery County's district attorney to assist in Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino's prosecution on a first-degree murder count related to the killing Tuesday of 49-year-old Randy Nordman.
Serrano-Vitorino is also charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the Monday killing of his neighbor and three other men at his neighbor's home in Kansas City, Kansas. A spokesman for that county's prosecutor says he's unaware of any arrangement between the two states involving Serrano-Vitorino's prosecution.
But a Koster spokeswoman, Nanci Gonder, tells The Associated Press that "we intend to keep him in the state of Missouri through the trial."
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