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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»

Ducey: Call for National Guard not border militarization

Citing a surge in apprehensions by Border Patrol agents, Gov. Doug Ducey praised the Trump administration for "finally taking action" to secure the border by calling on governors in southwestern states to deploy National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»2

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»

Napier: Arizona deploying 330 guardsmen to border

The Arizona National Guard will send more than double the number of guardsmen to assist with border enforcement than Gov. Ducey announced last week, Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier said Monday.... Read more»

Ducey sending 150 Az National Guard troops to border, but questions remain

Arizona plans to send “approximately 150 National Guard members” to the U.S.-Mexico border next week, but questions remain about the duties and duration of the deployment, as well as who will pay for it.... 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»

Az sheriffs wait to see details on Trump plan for military on the border

President Trump’s announcement that he plans to send U.S. troops to patrol the border left Southern Arizona sheriffs looking for details before committing to the president’s “big step.”... 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»

What the Devil won't tell you

Restraint in responding to border 'rockings' goes to core of social contract

On the Swartz murder trial: Policing a free society is harder than patrolling a police state. It's also going to be more dangerous, because the restrictions society places on cops will get some of them killed. But in that distinction are the tiny degrees between heroism and a reign of terror.... Read more»2

Swartz trial: Evidence shows boy still moving when shot in back, expert testifies

An expert in blood spatter testified Wednesday that Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was on the ground and still moving when he was hit by a volley of .40-caliber rounds from a Border Patrol agent's pistol. ... Read more»

Swartz trial: 4 new witnesses describe shooting death of Mexican teen

Four additional witnesses described their recollections of the events surrounding the killing of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, 16, who was shot to death by Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz in Nogales more than five years ago.... Read more»

Swartz trial: 2 BP agents describe shooting death of Mexican teenager

The testimony of two key witnesses in court Thursday provided further details into the actions of a Border Patrol agent accused of murder in the death of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez during a cross-border shooting in Nogales more than five years ago. ... Read more»

Prosecutors: BP agent 'calmly & deliberately' shot at Mexican teenager

Federal prosecutors argued that Lonnie Ray Swartz, the agent on trial for murder in the death of a Mexican teenager during a 2012 cross-border shooting, "calmly and deliberately" walked up the fence and shot his pistol, firing 16 rounds in 34 seconds. ... Read more»

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