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Man Arrested In Las Vegas For Central Coast Killing


Extradition to Santa Barbara County pending

A man wanted for a Central Coast murder has been arrested in Las Vegas.

A confrontation between two groups of people in Santa Maria led to the fatal shooting of Mario Merino. Santa Maria Police detectives were able to identify Alfredo Alaniz Junior as a suspect in the May 16th murder.

The investigators were able to track him down Alaniz to Las Vegas. He was arrested this week. Alaniz was booked into a Nevada jail, pending extradition to Santa Barbara County to stand trial for the killing of the 19-year-old Guadalupe man.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.