23 de abril de 2018

TUCSON: Declaran "No culpable " a ex de la Border Patrol del asesinato de un joven de Nogales, Sonora

Tucson.- 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 could not reach a decision regarding lesser charges, after resuming deliberations Monday morning after a federal judge on Friday pushed them to reach a decision.  

Swartz was on trial for second-degree murder for the killing of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez during a cross-border shooting in Nogales the night of Oct. 10, 2012. Twelve jurors deliberated over the course of four full days, and found Swartz not guilty of the main charge brought by prosecutors.

They hung on other possible criminal convictions, after declaring themselves deadlocked in the case last Friday. U.S. District Judge Raner Collins gave the jury an "Allen charge," instructing them to work to come to a unanimous agreement. It was not immediately clear if Swartz will be retried on those other charges. 

There will be a status conference held by the judge on May 11, after which the government might bring new a renewed case. The jury decision brings to a close 20 days of trial spanning four weeks, in which federal prosecutors and defense attorneys battled over whether Swartz, a Border Patrol agent, acted out of frustration and anger when he fired his weapon, or rather, as defense lawyers argued, the agent made a "split-second decision in a dynamic, high-pressure situation." If convicted, Swartz would have faced 20 years to life in prison. 

 Prosecutors argued that the agent "calmly and deliberately" walked up the fence and fired 16 rounds in 34 seconds, hitting Elena Rodriguez 10 times, including one shot that sliced through the helix of the boy's right ear, and punched through both lobes of his brain before coming to rest just beneath his scalp..................................................http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/

Border Patrol agent found not guilty in fatal cross-border shooting 

 Tucson.- The Border Patrol agent charged in the cross-border shooting death of a teen has been found not guilty.

 After four days of deliberations, jurors acquitted Agent Lonnie Swartz of second-degree murder in the death of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez. They were unable to reach a verdict on a manslaughter charge.

 On Friday, the eight-woman, four-man jury told Judge Raner Collins that they were unable to reach a verdict, but he told them to keep trying. The prosecution argued during the monthlong trial that Swartz used an unreasonable amount of force in responding to rock throwing when he shot across the border from Nogales, Arizona, and into Mexico.   The defense has countered that Swartz shot in self-defense.


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