$850k settlement for family of slain illegal immigrant
Feds, BP agent who shot man settle with family of Francisco Dominguez
The family of a slain illegal immigrant has agreed to an $850,000 settlement in a case against federal government and the Border Patrol agent who fatally shot the man in 2007, court records indicate.
Francisco Javier Dominguez Rivera, 20, was killed on Jan. 12, 2007, when Border Patrol agent Nicholas Corbett saw four illegal immigrants between Naco and Douglas attempting to flee into Mexico.
Corbett stopped the group and ordered them to surrender, but Dominguez refused and Corbett shot him at close range, court records said.
Corbett was tried twice for the the killing, but both trials ended in a hung jury.
His attorneys had argued that Corbett acted in self defense because they said Dominguez was about to hit him in the head with a rock. Prosecutors argued that forensic evidence and eyewitness accounts proved otherwise.
According to the settlement, filed Sept. 2, there is no admission of guilt by Corbett.