An ex-Marine arrested after being on the run charged with murdering his girlfriend six years ago is arraigned in San Diego.
Raymond McLeod was captured in El Salvador on August 29 and then extradited back to San Diego.
Family members of the victim, Krystal Mitchell, including her mother, were in the courtroom for the proceeding
McLeod entered a not guilty plea during his first court appearance Friday. The judge said he will continue to be held without bail.
McLeod is accused of killing Mitchell in 2016, as the couple was visiting friends in San Diego.
Josephine Wentzel, Mitchell's mother, who was present for the arraignment, said, "Someone asked me when will I feel that we're done with this? Are you satisfied you got him?" No. I will be satisfied when he is convicted for brutally murdering my daughter, and that he is sentenced to life in prison. And I will be just as much involved as I was in the search to see this happen."
In 2016, Mitchell's body was found inside of a friend's home on Mission Gorge Road in Allied Gardens. According to police, she was last seen with McLeod at a bar. Detectives say a witness saw the defendant slap Mitchell inside the business before leaving. Prosecutors say McLeod strangled Mitchell in a brutal attack.
McLeod was on the run for years and was one of the 15 most wanted fugitives in the country, according to the US Marshals Service's list.
(Photo reporting partner 10News)
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