Chilean judge charges ex-US military officer

November 29, 2011 - 2:30 PM

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A Chilean judge investigating abuses during the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet has charged a former U.S. military officer in the 1973 killing of two Americans and is seeking his extradition, court officials said Tuesday.

Former U.S. Navy Capt. Ray E. Davis has been charged with murder in the killings of journalist Charles Horman and U.S. student Frank Teruggi, a court statement said. Also charged with murder was a retired Chilean army brigadier, Pedro Espinoza Bravo.

The killing of Horman was the focus of the 1982 film "Missing."

Judge Jorge Zepeda, who is investigating human rights violations during Pinochet's 1973-1990 rule, asked the Supreme Court to authorize an extradition request so that Davis may be tried in Chile, the court said in its statement.

It described Davis as being commander of the U.S. military mission in Chile at the time. David's whereabouts were not immediately clear. Espinoza is jailed in a special Chilean prison for offenders convicted of human rights abuses, and is already serving sentences in separate cases.

Horman was 31 at the time of his death. He was detained six days after the 1973 military coup that swept Pinochet to power.

A national truth commission said Horman was executed on Sept. 18, 1973, while he was in the custody of state security agents. It also said Teruggi, then a 24-year-old university student, was similarly executed just several days later on Sept. 22.

A national commission has determined that 3,095 people were killed or disappeared during Pinochet's dictatorship.

(This version CORRECTS the Navy captain's last name to Davis, instead of David.)