Ricardo Espinoza Guerra
, who headed the operation, Col. Benavides gave the order at 11.15 p.m. that very night that the Jesuits should be killed. [ 11 ].
25. The petitioners consider that these conclusions are reinforced by those of the United Nations Commission on the Truth for El Salvador (hereafter the Truth Commission), in the sense that officers of the High Command decided to assassinate Father Ellacuría, and ordered that no witnesses be left alive.
Lieutenant Yusshy René Mendoza Vallecillos, an officer of the Military Academy, and Lieutenants José Ricardo Espinoza Guerra
and Gonzalo Guevara Cerritos, officers of the Atlacatl Battalion, were accused of participating in the operation.
...Ricardo Espinoza Guerra
Troops from the Atlacatl Battalion were used, under the command of Lieutenant José Ricardo Espinoza Guerra
.In order to overcome any reluctance on his
part, it was arranged that Lieutenant Yusshy René Mendoza Vallecillos, who had graduated from officer training school in the same class (tanda) as him, would also participate.
Colonel Cerna Flores entrusted the search to Lieutenant José Ricardo Espinoza Guerra
, who took some 100 men from the Atlacatl Battalion.Lieutenant Héctor Ulises Cuenca Ocampo of the National Intelligence Department (DNI) joined the troops at the entrance to UCA to assist with the search.Lieutenant Espinoza Guerra personally directed the search of the Jesuits' residence.They found no signs of any guerrilla presence, war matériel or propaganda.
On completing the search, Lieutenant Espinoza Guerra reported to Major Hernández Barahona.He
then went to the General Staff where he
reported to Colonel Cerna Flores.
Colonel Guillermo Alfredo Benavides Moreno, Lieutenant José Ricardo Espinoza Guerra
and Second Lieutenant Gonzalo Guevara Cerritos : accused of murder, acts of terrorism, acts preparatory to terrorism and instigation and conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism.
The operation was organized by then Major Carlos Camilo Hernández Barahona and carried out by a group of soldiers from the Atlacatl Battalion under the command of Lieutenant José Ricardo Espinoza Guerra
and Second Lieutenant Gonzalo Guevara Cerritos, accompanied by Lieutenant Yusshy René Mendoza Vallecillos.