Yesterday's hearing in Yucatán. Yesterday's hearing in Yucatán.

Yucatán court orders custody for suspect

Former cop charged in murder of Canadian photographer

A court in Yucatán yesterday ordered that a suspect in the murder of Canadian photographer and artist Barbara McClatchie Andrews remain in custody while the investigation continues.

Juan Carlos López Martínez, an ex-state police officer, was arrested last Sunday and faces a charge of aggravated homicide.

López Martínez was working for the ADO bus line in Cancún September 29 when McClatchie arranged to have him drive her to her home in Mérida.

Her body was found the following morning at the side of the Cancún-Mérida highway. She had been strangled to death.

Friends and family of McClatchie gathered Wednesday at her Mérida gallery where her brother, Samuel McClatchie, said his sister lost her life for $500. When someone attempted to rob her, he said, she fought to keep her belongings.

He lamented that she had forgotten the rules of a traveler: don’t travel alone if you’re a senior, don’t travel at night, avoid remote routes and if you’re attacked don’t fight back.

During yesterday’s hearing, López Martínez’ defense attempted to argue that a search of his client’s home by investigators was illegal. That search is believed to have yielded a camera belonging to McClatchie and her identification.

The 74-year-old victim had lived for many years in Mérida, where she operated a gallery for new artists. A seasoned traveler, her photography had appeared in National Geographic magazine among other publications.

Source: Reforma (sp)

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