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Court-Appointed Doctors to Evaluate Escondido Teen in Friend's Brutal Killing

Court-appointed doctors will evaluate an Escondido teenager accused of killing a close friend and posting audio of the victim's cries on Snapchat, a prosecutor confirmed Tuesday.

Salvador Alejandro Sanchez, 19, is accused of killing 20-year-old Maithem Alfuraiji in April of this year.

Alfuraiji was last seen on April 27 before he went to go meet a friend. His body was found in Valley Center on April 30, according to homicide investigators.

Escondido police said Sanchez got into a fight with Alfuraiji while they were drinking, which resulted in Alfuraiji's death.

Sanchez was arrested three days later during a traffic stop.

Evidence presented by prosecutors at a pretrial hearing included audio and images posted to Snapchat, white clothes found covered in the victim's blood, a statement from a friend who helped transport the victim's body and the defendant's alleged confession to police.

According to Alexander Gendron, a friend of both Sanchez and Alfuraiji, Sanchez posted on Snapchat that he "did it."

On Sept. 25, a not guilty by reason of insanity plea was entered on Sanchez' behalf. 

Tuesday, a judge in Vista court-appointed doctors to evaluate Sanchez, according to Claudia Plascencia, a prosecutor.

"The doctors must have their reports completed and filed with the court by Dec. 15," Plascencia said.

If convicted, Sanchez faces 25 years to life. 

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