The trial of a woman who was reportedly murdered by hitmen in Mexico started on Monday as her husband, the former CEO of the Mexican operations of Amazon, continues to be on the run from authorities with a warrant for his arrest in 190 countries.

Juan Carlos Garcia, who served as CEO of Amazon Mexico from 2014 to 2017, reportedly paid two hitmen $9,000 to kill his wife Abril Pérez Sagaón, with an extra $2,500 dangled in front of them if it could be done before an upcoming court trial at the time, according to the New York Post.

Garcia and Pérez were in the middle of a divorce after Pérez accused Garcia of femicide when she was reportedly beaten by him with a baseball bat as she slept. He spent 10 months in jail for the crime before being released when the judge downgraded his charges to domestic violence, Insider reported.

Pérez ended up being killed by a motorcyclist in Mexico City while she was with her children and attorney to attend a scheduled court date where she was to a take a mental evaluation in a hospital. She died on International Day Of Violence Against Women, sparking protests due to the context of her death.

Garcia fled Mexico to the United States days after the murder and sent a letter to the mayor of Mexico City in 2019 after he was safely away from Mexico claiming his innocence for the murder of his wife. A warrant for his arrest is currently active in over 190 countries.

The relatives of Pérez have stayed firm in their belief that Garcia had been the one who ordered the killing of Pérez, especially now as they hope that the ongoing court case against Garcia will give them closure in regards to her standing in the community.

“The attack was totally directed at her,” a relative said about the situation. “And the only enemy she had in her life was him.”

The former CEO of Amazon's Mexico division is currently on the run from the law after being suspected of hiring hitmen to kill his wife after she filed for divorce when she claimed he attempted to kill her. This is a representational image. Bryan Angelo/Unsplash.

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