Suspect arraigned on open murder in Wyoming, previously deported twice

Posted at 4:03 PM, Oct 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-27 21:25:59-04

WYOMING, Mich. – A man has been charged with open murder in the death of a Grand Rapids woman.

Raul Perez was arraigned by video Thursday afternoon in the death of Karla Guadalupe-Magana.  Her body was found in her apartment on 44th Street Wednesday in Wyoming.

Court documents say that Perez allegedly admitted to strangling Guadalup-Magana in a phone call to his daughter. Police were notified, and when they arrived to the apartment they found Magana dead and Perez sleeping in bed.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) say that Perez was deported twice from the country to Mexico in 2005 and 2008, and has two federal felony convictions for narcotics trafficking and re-entry after deportation.

Court papers show he was convicted in Texas in 2006 or possessing with intent to distribute more than 50 kilograms of marijuana.

Perez is in custody at the Kent County Jail.