Five Men To Appear In Court For Hector Camacho’s 2012 Murder
UPDATE (March 10, 2022 10:47 AM ET): Five men are suspected in the case. A fourth suspect was arrested in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. A fifth suspect is in a Puerto Rico prison for an unrelated case.
The Hector “Macho” Camacho case will finally head to trial after nearly 10 years.
Daily Mail reported that the three men who are suspected of Camacho’s 2012 murder were extradited from the U.S. to Puerto Rico, where the crime took place, to appear in court on Wednesday.
Jesus Naranjo and Joshua Mendez were identified as two of the three suspects by a Puerto Rican television station; they have both been in prison in the U.S. for other convictions.
The name of the third defendant was not shared.
On November 20, 2012, in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Camacho was sitting next to his friend, Adrian Mojica, in the passenger seat of a parked car when Camacho was shot in the face.
Mojica died at the scene while Camacho died four days later in a San Juan hospital.
Mojica was reportedly the suspects’ target as they intended to kill him and take several kilos of cocaine from the car, Daily Mail reported. Authorities at the time reportedly found nine bags of cocaine in the vehicle.
The defendants were taken into custody days after the murder, but weren’t charged because a witness refused to testify.
That witness has now agreed to testify along with one other witness, leading to the pending trial.
Camacho rose to popularity for his quickness and flamboyant style, competing from 1980 to 2010. He was a world champion in three weight classes, holding titles including the WBC super featherweight, WBC lightweight and WBO junior welterweight.
He was murdered at 50 years old.