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Undocumented man with prior convictions arrested for ex-girlfriend's murder

TUCSON, AZ - MAY 29:  Tucson Police Officer Angel Ramirez arrests a man for trespassing May 29, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. Ramirez works in the city's predominately Hispanic south side. The Tucson Police Department is currently gearing up to begin training its officers on the implementation of the controversial new immigration law SB 1070. Although a Tucson police officer was one of the first to file suit in federal court challenging the new law, most rank and file officers tend to support the legislation while the Arizona Chiefs of Police have criticized it.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

TUCSON, AZ - MAY 29: Tucson Police Officer Angel Ramirez arrests a man for trespassing May 29, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. Ramirez works in the city's predominately Hispanic south side. The Tucson Police Department is currently gearing up to begin training its officers on the implementation of the controversial new immigration law SB 1070. Although a Tucson police officer was one of the first to file suit in federal court challenging the new law, most rank and file officers tend to support the legislation while the Arizona Chiefs of Police have criticized it. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)  (2010 Getty Images)

An undocumented immigrant who has a criminal background has been arrested for allegedly killing his former girlfriend in California, reports KRON News.

Esmid Pedraza, who is 23 and from Mexico, was taken into custody for the murder of Stacey Aguilar, 22. Aguilar, who was working as a waitress in the San Jose area and had a 7-year-old son, was apparently gunned down and her body was left on the roadside, according to NBC Bay Area.

KRON said that immigration officials said that Pedraza, who lives in Hayward, which is near San Francisco, is an undocumented immigrant with a criminal past that includes a DUI conviction.

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has lodged a formal request with the Alameda County Jail seeking to have the jail notify ICE prior to Mr. Pedraza’s release so the agency can arrange to take him into custody to pursue possible follow-up immigration enforcement action,” a statement by ICE said.

Aguilar’s relatives reported her missing about two weeks ago, reported the San Jose Mercury.

She was last seen at a party on Feb. 13, the newspaper said. Witnesses said Pedraza and Aguilar appeared to have left the party together.

Pedraza was to appear in court Friday in Hayward.

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