Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Widow of Missouri Man Allegedly Slain by Man in Country Illegally to Testify before Senate Committee

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Widow of Missouri Man Allegedly Slain by Man in Country Illegally to Testify before Senate Committee

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WASHINGTON * The widow of a Missouri man allegedly killed by a Mexican in this country illegally will testify Wednesday before the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

Julie Nordman, currently of Wentzville, will be among witnesses testifying about crimes committed by people in the country illegally. Her husband, Randy, was killed March 8, 2016, while she hid in the attic of their home near New Florence.

Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino, who had returned to the United States illegally after being deported in 2004, faces first-degree murder, armed criminal action and burglary charges in Nordman's death. The case was moved to St. Louis last year.

Serrano-Vitorino also faces murder charges in Kansas, where he allegedly shot and killed four men in a neighbor's home.

The killing rampage received nationwide attention last year in the ongoing debate over legal and illegal immigration.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., is the top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security Committee that will host Nordman. On Tuesday, McCaskill criticized the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency for refusing to send officials to testify at the same hearing. Questions have been raised about why Serrano-Vitorino, who had several brushes with the law before allegedly going on the shooting rampage, was not deported after those arrests.

McCaskill told reporters that Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, had not shown much interest in calling ICE and Homeland Security officials before the committee.

"It would be helpful if we could get some witnesses on Homeland Security in front of our committee," McCaskill said.

"The chairman has declined to do so at this point, and I will continue to put pressure on him," she said.

A spokeswoman for Johnson said the intention of Thursday's hearing was to focus on the impact of crime by people in the country illegally. She said that it's possible future hearings would focus on federal officials in charge of immigration enforcement.

ICE officials did not immediately respond.

McCaskill said that "there are real questions that ICE needs to answer" such as "why they didn't respond when they were contacted when this man was arrested, prior to going on this murderous spree that took this woman's husband? …

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