Woman accused of murder-for-hire in Paso man's death is in jail

ppemberton@thetribunenews.comJuly 23, 2013 

A woman charged in the for-hire killing of her ex-boyfriend is in San Luis Obispo County Jail after being extradited from Georgia over the weekend.

Maria del Carmen Granados Fajardo, 50, of Paso Robles, formally pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges during her Superior Court arraignment Monday. According to the District Attorney’s Office, Fajardo was a scorned lover who hired several people to assault 37-year-old Victor Hugo Sanchez, of Paso Robles, on two separate occasions. After an initial assault left Sanchez with several cuts, a broken nose and broken arm last fall, he was fatally shot outside his apartment in February.

There are four other defendants in the murder case, all of whom are currently believed to be on the run: David Rodriguez Hernandez, 37; Edgar Ontiveros, 18; Louis Henry Madrigal, 19; and Alejandro Anguiano, 19.

Fajardo’s attorney, Ilan Funke-Bilu, said his client was not trying to avoid police when she went to Atlanta, where she has children.

“She was not on the run,” he said. “She was visiting family there.”

Funke-Bilu said he is still reviewing the more than 700 pages of documents he received Monday related to the case. But, he said, Fajardo did not fight extradition.

“She was confused as to what she was supposed to do,” he said.

Fajardo, who had a bitter breakup with Sanchez in 2012, allegedly paid $12,000 for both assaults.

She will appear in court again for a pre-trial hearing Aug. 15. Until then, she is being held without bail.

Keep updated by adding Patrick S. Pemberton on Google+.

The Tribune is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service