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Lonnie Swartz

Feds won't pursue 3rd trial of BP agent in cross-border shooting

Federal prosecutors said they cannot file new charges against Lonnie Swartz, ending the case against the BP agent who once faced a second-degree murder trial, and then manslaughter charges, for shooting and killing a 16-year-old boy in a cross-border shooting in 2012.... Read more»

Border clashes in Tijuana have immigration advocates mobilized

Against the backdrop of tear gas and border closures in Tijuana over the weekend, several pro-immigrant groups are rushing to meet the increasing needs of asylum seekers.... Read more»

Update: Swartz found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Border Patrol shooting case

Jurors in the trial of Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent on trial in a cross-border shooting, found him not guilty of involuntary manslaughter on Wednesday. Jurors did not reach a verdict on a voluntary manslaughter charge.... Read more»2

Judge: Trump's asylum ban 'irreconcilably conflicts' with federal law

A federal judge blocked the Pres. Trump's plan to bar people who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without going through a port of entry from applying for asylum, saying the ban "irreconcilably conflicts" with federal law and the "expressed intent of Congress."... Read more»

Swartz trial: Cross-border shooting case sent to jury after closing arguments

Jurors began deliberating Friday after closing arguments in the case against Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent on trial for manslaughter for shooting and killing 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez more than six years ago in Nogales.... Read more»

Defense attacks evidence against BP agent as Swartz case draws to close

Over the last two days, Lonnie Swartz's defense team assembled a trio of experts to challenge major parts of the prosecution's case against the Border Patrol agent, who faces manslaughter charges in the 2012 shooting of a Mexican teenager.... Read more»

Troops block vehicle lanes at Nogales border crossing

As the exodus of asylum-seeking Central Americans began arriving at the U.S. border in Tijuana, Mexico, U.S. troops and border officers blocked part of the Nogales border gate with steel containers topped with razor wire.... Read more»

Swartz trial: BP agent testifies he shot teen to 'protect' himself, officers from thrown rocks

Facing federal manslaughter charges, BP Agent Lonnie Swartz testified he was defending himself and fellow law enforcement when he fired 16 rounds through the border fence into Mexico, killing a 16-year-old boy in 2012.... Read more»

Lawsuit seeks to block Trump asylum ban, saying it violates federal law

Three civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Friday to block the Trump administration's plan to bar people who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border from applying for asylum, arguing that the White House is violating federal law. ... Read more»

Swartz trial: FBI informant said Jose Antonio given rocks to throw at agents

In a statement read to the court, an FBI informant from Nogales, Sonora, told investigators he spoke with two men just after the shooting of a Mexican teenager, who said Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was given rocks to throw at Border Patrol agents.... Read more»

Trump administration seeks to restrict asylum claims

Immigration officials plan to bar people who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border from applying for asylum, newly installed acting Attorney General Whitaker and Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen announced Thursday.... Read more»

Swartz trial: Prosecutors wrap up, defense case begins

As prosecutors wrap up, the defense opens with their own forensic pathologist to dispute the findings of Dr. Emma Lew, who said on Monday that while mortally wounded, Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, 16, was still alive before he was shot in the head by a Border Patrol agent six years ago. ... Read more»

Swartz trial: Boy mortally wounded but alive when BP agent shot him in head, says expert

A forensic pathologist, testifying for the prosecution in the manslaughter trial of BP Agent Lonnie Swartz, said that 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was still moving and on the ground when he was shot in the head.... Read more»

Swartz trial: 3D model shows Elena Rodriguez ran 16 feet before collapsing on sidewalk

Jurors were shown a 3D model and video of the shooting of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez more than six years ago as prosecutors pressed their case against the agent who shot him this week. ... Read more»

Nogales awaits U.S. troops as migrant caravan plods north

The border that divides the U.S. and Mexico also symbolizes divided opinions in this border city about the deployment of hundreds of U.S. troops to handle a caravan of Central American migrants.... Read more»

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