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A Colorado felon charged with the sex-related slaying of a Taylorsville woman was scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

Ben Fidel Salazar, 48, also known as Bobby Sandoval, is charged with capital homicide and aggravated sexual assault in the death of Charlotte Montoya, 56.

Salazar was extradited to Utah this week from Colorado on charges he strangled Montoya, whose body, bound tightly in sheets and garbage bags, was discovered March 28 in her apartment at 1679 W. 5620 South.

According to the charges, witnesses saw Salazar take license plates from his car and put them on Montoya's car, which was missing when Salt Lake County deputy sheriffs arrived at the murder scene. That car was located by Bloofield, N.M., police, who arrested Salazar on March 31.

New Mexico authorities extradited Salazar to Durango, Colo., where he was wanted for walking away from a halfway house, where he was serving time for attacking his girlfriend with a knife.

Salazar was scheduled to appear Thursday before 3rd Circuit Judge Dennis Fuchs, a clerk said.