Inmate charged in 1979 murder of Martha Guzman at Denver church

DENVER - A man wanted in Colorado for a murder inside a Denver church that happened 35 years has been extradited from New York.

James Scott has been sent back and forth between New York and Colorado three times to face a variety of charges.

Scott was initially extradited from New York to Denver in 2006 to face charges in a 1995 kidnapping and sexual assault case, according to the Denver District Attorney's Office.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 40 years.

At the time, Colorado prosecutors also charged Scott in a 1979 murder in Denver. However, because he was extradited for the sole purpose of facing charges in the 1995 case, he was returned to New York to serve a lengthy sentence for a sexual assault there.

Last fall, prosecutors re-filed the charges. Scott was extradited back to Colorado this week.

Prosecutors said Scott is now facing trial on three counts of first-degree murder and six counts of crime of violence in connection with the assault that resulted in the death of 19-year-old Martha Guzman.

"On October 25, 1979, Guzman was alone in a church at 3401 Bryant preparing for an evening service when she was attacked," prosecutors said. "The pastor and his family found her and called for help. She was taken to what is now Denver Health Medical Center and died several days later from her injuries."

Scott will make first his first court appearance in Guzman's murder next week.

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