Mistrial declared for border agent charged with killing teen
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PHOENIX (AP) - A judge in Arizona has declared a mistrial in the case of a U.S. Border Patrol agent after a jury acquitted him of a second-degree murder charge in the killing of a teenager but deadlocked on lesser counts of manslaughter.
US Supreme Court / Anthony Kennedy (MGNOnline)
The mistrial was called Monday in Tucson by Judge Raner Collins after jurors acquitted Agent Lonnie Swartz on the murder charge in the cross-border shooting of a teenager in Mexico who was throwing rocks at authorities during a drug smuggling attempt.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says it's evaluating whether to pursue a retrial on the manslaughter charges in the 2012 death of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez.
Prosecutors acknowledged Elena Rodriguez was lobbing rocks during a drug smuggling attempt but said he didn't deserve to die.
Defense attorneys countered Swartz shot from the U.S. side of the border in self-defense.
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4/23/2018 7:08:40 PM (GMT -5:00)