A Mexican judge has cleared two Thunder Bay, Ont., women in the 2006 slayings of a Toronto-area couple in a luxury resort in the Mayan Riviera, according to the women's lawyer.


Nancy and Domenic Ianiero of Woodbridge, Ont., were found slain in their room at a resort near Cancun in February 2006. ((CBC))

Domenic Ianiero, 59, and his wife, Nancy, 55, of Woodbridge, were found in their room at the Barcelo Maya resort near Playa del Carmen on Feb. 20, 2006, with their throats slashed. The couple, along with more than a dozen other family members, were in Mexico for their daughter's wedding.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Blas Delgado Fajardo, a hotel security guard who disappeared shortly after the slayings, said Toronto lawyer Edward Greenspan, who represents Kimberly Kim and Cheryl Everall.

"There is now an arrest warrant for him, and him alone," Greenspan said Thursday in a release.

"We have also confirmed there is no extradition request from Mexico. The entire matter is now at an end for Kimberly Kim and Cheryl Everall."

Delgado reportedly befriended the couple during their stay at the resort, giving them a lift in a golf cart and at one point massaging Domenic Ianiero's foot.

Mexican official has 'history of numerous public lies'

Mexican authorities have been criticized for their handling of the case and for the bizarre twists in their statements to the media.

Greenspan, who has also represented the Ianiero family, blasted a high-ranking Mexican official for his "history of numerous public lies" to reporters over whether there was a Canadian link to the slayings.

Bello Melchor Rodriguez, attorney general for the state of Quintana Roo, at times insisted Kim and Everall, two medical students who were at the resort at the time of the slayings, were prime suspects.

Rodriguez has also been quoted as saying the two women were only potential witnesses.

In June, Greenspan filed an application to the federal court in Mexico on behalf of the two women to demand Mexican officials produce any and all material and warrants filed against them.

Rodriguez asked the court to issue arrest warrants for Delgado and the two women, but it decided to issue a warrant only for Delgado, Greenspan said.