The man accused of murdering Linda Salazar in 2016 entered a plea of not guilty in Stephens County court this week.
Baltazar Sanchez-Garcia, held in the Stephens County jail for murder in the first degree with deliberate intent, was previously remanded bond after extradition from Mexico for “flight risk.” Law enforcement states Sanchez-Garcia allegedly murdered Salazar before taking flight to his home country of Mexico.
After waiving his preliminary hearing earlier in March and appearing for arraignment, Sanchez-Garcia entered a plea of not guilty. He is now scheduled for felony docket call at 9 a.m. Aug. 5, 2020. Trials with felony docket call in August are anticipated to begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 21, 2020.
Salazar was reported missing to Marlow Police Nov. 6, 2016, and her body was recovered on Nov. 7, 2016, at Sanchez-Garcia’s residence, located near the intersection of McKinley Road and Shamrock Road within the city limits of Marlow.
On Nov. 10, 2016, just a few days after Salazar was found murdered, Sanchez-Garcia was charged with larceny of an automobile. The charge of murder in the first was filed Nov. 29, 2016. The larceny of an automobile charge was dismissed in early March 2020.
Conditions of Sanchez-Garcia’s extradition to the States include that the death penalty must not be an option in this case.
Under the extradition from Mexico, statute of limitations enforce a 180-day time frame. He came to Stephens County’s custody Jan. 22, 2020.