Man Faces Murder Charge In Zapata's Death

A Florida man charged in the 1993 strangling of Seattle musician Mia Zapata will not fight extradition to Washington state. Jesus Mezquia, 48, who is being held without bail in Miami on first-degree m

A Florida man charged in the 1993 strangling of Seattle musician Mia Zapata will not fight extradition to Washington state. Jesus Mezquia, 48, who is being held without bail in Miami on first-degree murder charges, will not contest the transfer, said Elliot Snyder, his lawyer.

Zapata, the 27-year-old lead singer of the Gits, was found beaten, raped, and strangled on a Seattle street July 7, 1993. She was little-known nationally but popular locally at the height of Seattle's grunge-rock scene in the early '90s. Big-name bands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Soundgarden raised $70,000 to hire a private investigator, but the funds eventually dried up.

Initially, no match was found for DNA taken from the scene of her death. In December, a DNA profile from Mezquia, a convicted felon from Marathon, Fla., was entered into the National DNA Index System and matched the sample, authorities said.

If convicted, he faces 20 years to life in prison.


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