- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) - A judge heard details of blood evidence and determined there’s probable cause to charge a drifter from Mexico with the 1993 slaying of a retired Houston-area teacher.

Alfredo Ramirez-Rosas appeared in court Tuesday in Houston. Ramirez-Rosas was extradited last week on a capital murder warrant in the death of 82-year-old Mildred Stallones of Tomball. She was beaten, strangled and sexually assaulted.

Prosecutors said clothing found at a nearby home, where Ramirez-Rosas lived, had blood spatters matching patterns from the crime scene.

Investigators say Ramirez-Rosas allegedly fled to Mexico hours after the slaying. He was arrested in 2013.

Court-appointed attorney James Stafford says he’s reviewing evidence to see what led prosecutors to reach the opinion that his client committed the offense.

The 48-year-old Ramirez-Rosas faces another court hearing Oct. 12.

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