Not guilty plea for fugitive Springfield murder suspect

Julio Leiva accused of murder in the death of William Serrano

Julio Leiva is accused of murder in the death of William Serrano in 2013.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield murder suspect who was arrested in Mexico last month is now back in western Massachusetts.

Julio Leiva was arraigned around midday Monday in Springfield District Court. The 25 year-old is accused of murder in the 2013 killing of 34 year-old William Serrano. The victim was shot seven times while he was sitting on the porch of a home on Grenada Terrace during a house party.

WWLP file image of the police investigation into the killing of William Serrano on Grenada Terrace in Springfield.
WWLP file image of the police investigation into the killing of William Serrano on Grenada Terrace in Springfield.

Springfield police say that Serrano had been dating Leiva’s former girlfriend.

During Monday’s arraignment, Leiva’s attorney entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. He is being held without the right to bail pending another arraignment in Hampden Superior Court on Thursday.

Police had searched unsuccessfully for Leiva until October, when they received information from Mexican Federal Police and Mexico’s immigration service that the suspect might be in the border city of Tijuana. He was arrested by Mexican police on October 22 and deported back to the United States, where he was being held at a detention center in San Diego.

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