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Armed drug scout sentenced to 8 years in prison

A Mexican man was sentenced to more than 8 years in prison Wednesday by a federal judge in Tucson, after he admitted he was working as armed lookout for drug smugglers.... Read more»

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After 5 years, family of teen killed by Border Patrol agent frustrated by delays

Five years after the cross-border shooting death of 16-year old Jose Antonio Rodriguez, his family is tired and frustrated after delays that have kept the trial of Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz from beginning until at least March 2018. ... 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»

Judge rejects motion to dismiss murder case against BP agent

The case against Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz, accused of unlawfully killing a Mexican teenager during a 2012 cross-border shooting, will move forward after a federal judge rejected a motion from the defense arguing that the case should be dismissed. ... Read more»

Supreme Court decision on Texas cross-border shooting could stall suit vs. BP agent in Az

On Monday, the Supreme Court may decide the fate of Hernández v. Mesa, a lawsuit launched by the parents of a 15-year-old boy who was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent in El Paso in 2010. The ruling will have a bearing on the fate of a civil suit filed against a different BP agent in the 2012 cross-border shooting death of a Mexican teenager in Nogales.... 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»

BP agent's lawyer asks judge to dismiss murder indictment

The lawyer for a Border Patrol agent facing a murder trial in the 2012 cross-border shooting death of a Mexican teen has asked a judge to dismiss the charges because the grand jury issued the indictment after hearing testimony from a supervisory agent, who repeated statements made by Agent Lonnie Swartz just minutes after the shooting. ... Read more»

BP agent's lawyer pushes to bar expert witness in cross-border murder trial

The lawyer for the Border Patrol agent accused of unlawfully shooting and killing 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez in October 2012 has moved to block a government expert from telling jurors that Lonnie Swartz's use of force was "neither reasonable nor necessary." ... Read more»

Prosecutor says witness statements 'irrelevant' in BP murder trial

A federal prosecutor said the testimony of a witness, who said that a 16-year-old Mexican boy was involved in drug smuggling just before he was fatally shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent, is "irrelevant" to determining if Lonnie Swartz is guilty of murder in the cross-border shooting.... Read more»

BP agent's lawyer argues shooting death of Mexican teen justified by alleged smuggling activity

In a legal filing this week, the lawyer for a BP agent accused of murder wrote that the 16-year-old boy killed in 2012 was "clearly involved" in an attempt to smuggle drugs, and that he was part of a group that threw rocks at Swartz and other agents to stop them from apprehending two other men. ... Read more»

Judge rules feds can try BP agent in Nogales cross-border shooting

A federal judge dismissed a claim that the federal government cannot pursue charges against the Border Patrol agent accused of murdering a Mexican teenager during a 2012 shooting in Nogales, but he accepted the argument that statements the agent made following the incident should not be used in court.... Read more»

Ex-Border Patrol agent gets 13 years for drug trafficking, accepting bribe

A former Border Patrol agent will serve 160 months in prison for attempting to smuggle 110 pounds of cocaine in a rental car headed for Chicago, and for accepting bribes as a public official. ... Read more»

Lawyer: BP 'lost or destroyed' original video of Nogales cross-border shooting

A lawyer representing Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent charged with second-degree murder for shooting and killing a Mexican teenager at the border in Nogales, said that the agency has "lost or destroyed" the original video recordings of the incident. ... Read more»1

Border agent's murder trial delayed for 5th time

The trial of Lonnie Ray Swartz, the Nogales-area Border Patrol agent accused of second degree murder for the 2012 cross-border shooting of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, has been delayed for the fifth time. Originally set to begin at the end of February, the trial will be now be delayed until June.... Read more»

9th Circuit will hold off on Nogales cross-border shooting case, pending Supreme Court decision

The civil rights lawsuit by the family of a Mexican teenager killed in a 2012 cross-border shooting in Nogales remains in limbo after the 9th Circuit Court in San Francisco decided to wait for a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on a similar case from Texas. ... Read more»

'Complex' trial in BP shooting delayed until November

The trial of Lonnie Ray Swartz, a Border Patrol agent accused of second-degree murder for the 2012 cross-border shooting of 16-year old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, has been pushed back until November. It had been scheduled to begin later this month.... Read more»

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