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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»

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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»

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»

BP agent's murder trial begins Wednesday

Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz will face trial for second-degree murder, charged with unlawfully killing a Mexican teenager during a 2012 cross-border shooting in Nogales. A jury was chosen Tuesday in the case. ... Read more»

Jury will hear evidence that Mexican teen may have climbed fence before being killed by BP agent

A federal judge will allow defense lawyers to present evidence that a Mexican teenager, shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent in 2012, may have climbed the bollard fence that separates the U.S. and Mexico, leaving rust stains on his shoes. ... Read more»

No cross-exam about Army desertion in BP agent's murder trial

Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent accused of unlawfully killing a Mexican teenager, cannot be cross-examined about his military record, including his arrest for desertion, a federal judge ruled.... Read more»

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