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A man recently released from a Mexican prison was behind bars in San Diego Thursday for allegedly shooting his ex-boss to death six years ago at the victim’s Point Loma auto-repair shop, authorities reported.

The U.S. Marshals Service took custody of Nicolas Brito Rosales, 53, from Mexican officials on Tuesday and brought him to the United States to face trial in connection with the slaying of 63-year-old Jalal “Joe” Abou on April 19, 2011.

Patrol officers responding to reports of gunfire about 7:30 that morning arrived to find Abou lying in a parking lot at his Rosecrans Street business, Joe’s Auto Repair, with several good Samaritans performing CPR on him, according to San Diego police.

Paramedics took over the lifesaving attempts before pronouncing Abou — an Iraq native and father of three who lived in Rancho San Diego — dead at the scene.

Witnesses told investigators they had seen a man parked near the shop in a dark-green sedan with primer spots on it prior to the shooting and spotted him driving away immediately afterward.

Rosales had left his job at the victim’s business the previous October. Police declined to specify if Rosales quit or was fired, but did say Rosales returned to the garage several times between the date of his termination and the slaying.

It was unclear why the suspect had been incarcerated in Mexico.

Rosales was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder. He was being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Friday afternoon.

–City News Service

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