TIJUANA (Border Report) — The former governor of Baja California has been named as a “person of interest” in the investigation into the murder of journalist Lourdes Maldonado, who was killed in front of her home on Jan. 23.
On Wednesday, three men involved in her assassination, including the trigger man, were sentenced to prison for their roles in her death. The three avoided a trial by agreeing to prison sentences ranging from 20 to 24 years.
In a news conference Thursday morning, state Attorney General Ricardo Iván Carpio Sánchez said his office is still looking for the people who ordered Maldonado’s murder, something many people, especially fellow journalists, have been demanding.
He confirmed that one person of interest is former Gov. Jaime Bonilla, who is now a senator in Mexico.
“He is now a subject in the investigation,” Carpio Sánchez said.
Bonilla had lost a court case to Maldonado stemming from the time she worked for his media company.
Days before her death, a court had ordered Bonilla to pay her thousands of dollars in back wages, something he said he would never do.
Carpio Sánchez said the men involved in Maldonado’s killing are expected to cooperate further, and that they have already provided information.
But he would not give more specifics when pressed by reporters.
One thing he did say is that Maldonado’s murder was not connected to the death of Margarito Martínez, another journalist killed in Tijuana.
He was gunned down a week before Maldonado was executed.