Ben Fidel Salazar, 49, has been ordered to be tried on a first-degree murder charge in connection with the brutal sex-related slaying of a Taylorsville woman.
Third Circuit Judge Sheila McCleve ruled Wednesday there was enough evidence to support the charges and scheduled arraignment for Salazar Nov. 4 before 3rd District Judge Richard Moffat.Charged with capital homicide and aggravated sexual assault, Salazar is accused of killing Charlotte Montoya, 56, whose body, bound tightly in sheets and garbage bags, was found March 28 in her apartment at 1679 W. 5620 South.
Salazar, a convicted felon, was arrested a few days later in New Mexico. He was driving Montoya's car. He was turned over to Durango, Colo., police, who sought him for escaping from a halfway house, where he was serving time after being convicted of assaulting his wife with a knife.