Jorge Montiel, 32, of Mexico, was returned to Cumming on July 17 to stand trial in connection with a 2010 murder in Cumming.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
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Suspect in 2010 Forsyth County murder extradited from Mexico

Nearly eight years after a woman was sexually assaulted and strangled in her Forsyth County home, authorities have the man they say is responsible for her death.

Jorge Montiel on Tuesday was extradited from Mexico to Georgia to stand trial in the death of Maria Hernandez-Reyes, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said in a statement.

On Oct. 13, 2010, Hernandez-Reyes’ husband found her dead inside her Park Street home.

Warrants were issued for Montiel’s arrest on charges of murder, burglary and aggravated sodomy, but he returned to Mexico before they could be executed, according to the GBI.

While efforts were being made to find Montiel, a Forsyth County grand jury indicted him on charges of murder, felony murder, burglary, aggravated sexual battery and aggravated sodomy. 

“Because Montiel returned to Mexico, the Bell-Forsyth Judicial Circuit District Attorney authorized international extradition for Montiel,” Miles said. “The Gainesville FBI Office obtained a federal warrant for Montiel.”

Agents captured Montiel and escorted him from Mexico to Georgia, she said. The GBI and Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office took custody of Montiel at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Montiel is being held at the Forsyth County Detention Center.

In other news:

A 31-year-old woman and a baby were found dead in a Cherokee County home on Tuesday.

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