PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- A man suspected of fatally shooting his wife in their central California home and fleeing to Mexico has turned himself in after authorities called his cell phone and convinced him to return to the United States.
Police in Porterville said 26-year-old Leonardo Nacoa surrendered in the border town of Calexico Sunday afternoon, hours after his wife's body was found at the couple's home. Officers found three young children in the house, but they were unharmed.
Investigators believed that Nacoa shot his wife then fled in a Saturn Outlook. They called his cell phone and determined that he had crossed the border into Mexico. Police said that after a “lengthy conversation,” detectives convinced Nacoa to turn himself in.
Authorities planned to book him in the Tulare County jail for murder.