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BP agent to be retried for manslaughter in killing of Mexican teen

Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent accused of unlawfully killing a Mexican teenager in 2012, will again face trial after federal prosecutors announced in court Friday that they will pursue voluntary and involuntary manslaughter charges. He was found not guilty of murder last month. ... Read more»

Swartz trial: Jury finds BP agent not guilty of 2nd-degree murder

A jury found Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Ray Swartz not guilty on Monday of second-degree murder in the 2012 cross-border shooting of a Mexican teenager in Nogales, Sonora. The jury hung on lesser charges. ... Read more»2

Swartz trial: Judge sends deadlocked jury back into deliberations

Jurors in the trial of Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent accused of second-degree murder, told a judge Friday that they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict after nearly three days of reviewing the case. The judge gave them an "Allen charge" and instructed them to return to their deliberations.... Read more»

Swartz trial: Cross-border shooting case sent to jury

Jurors began deliberating Monday after closing arguments in the case against Lonnie Ray Swartz, the Border Patrol agent on trial for second-murder for shooting and killing 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez ... Read more»

Swartz: 'I'm gonna defend myself' — BP agent accused of murder takes stand

In emotional testimony, Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent accused of murder in the shooting death of a Mexican teenager, told jurors that he was scared and fired his weapon after a fellow agent and a Nogales police dog were hit with rocks thrown over the border fence.... Read more»

Swartz trial: Defense struggles with first witness after prosecution rests

A witness appeared to refute her own previous testimony Thursday as defense lawyers began to make their case for Lonnie Ray Swartz, the Border Patrol agent accused of murder in the shooting death a Mexican teenager in 2012. ... Read more»

Swartz trial: Expert says first shot hit boy in back, fatal final shot in head

An expert in forensic pathology testified that 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was on the ground and severely wounded when Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz — on trial for murder — fired a .40-caliber bullet into the right side of his head through the border fence in Nogales in 2012. ... Read more»

Swartz should have taken cover; shooting unarmed person in back 'unjustified,' testifies BP trainer

An ex-Border Patrol firearms instructor said shooting an unarmed person in the back was "unjustified," and that Agent Lonnie Swartz — on trial for murder — should have sought cover rather than firing three salvos of gunfire into Mexico, killing 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez in 2012.... Read more»

Swartz trial: 3D model shows BP agent shot at fallen boy

A 3D reconstruction shows that Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, the 16-year-old Mexican teenager shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent more than five years ago, may have fled more than 16 feet before he collapsed over a curb, and was hit by two volleys of gunfire. ... Read more»

BP agent's murder trial in cross-border shooting delayed until March 2018

The trial of Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz, accused of unlawfully killing a Mexican teenager during a 2012 cross-border shooting, has been rescheduled as attorneys wrestle over the handling of the autopsy and notes that describe how the 16-year-old died. ... Read more»

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Video reconstruction shows BP agent firing, reloading in fatal cross-border shooting

Prosecutors and defense lawyers wrangled over videos recorded by two Border Patrol cameras that show the 2012 shooting of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, as well as an expert's video reconstruction that shows BP Agent Lonnie Swartz fire bullets into the boy's prone body. ... Read more»