Arraignment Set for Suspect in 2018 Slaying at Point Loma Gym

Prosecutors say the defendant shot a romantic rival in a rear parking lot at 24 Hour Fitness in 2018

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A man suspected of gunning down a romantic rival at a Point Loma Heights gym, then fleeing to Mexico and hiding out there for two years, is scheduled to be arraigned on murder and stalking charges Wednesday.

Ernesto Castellanos Martinez, 44, was extradited back to the United States in March in connection with the Feb. 25, 2018, slaying of 27-year-old Alexander Mazin, according to the San Diego County District Attorney's Office.

Shortly before 11 a.m. that day, patrol officers responding to reports of gunfire found Mazin mortally wounded in a rear parking lot at 24 Hour Fitness, 3675 Midway Drive, police said. He died at the scene from gunshot trauma to his upper body.

The victim's parents told reporters their son had been going out a woman whom Martinez previously had dated, and that the suspect had assaulted her several weeks prior to Mazin's slaying.

Martinez is being held without bail at San Diego Central jail on suspicion of first-degree murder, stalking and misdemeanor domestic battery. He faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted, according to prosecutors.

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