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Federal prosecutors have decided to retry Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz in the killing of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodríguez.
The decision for a new trial on voluntary and involuntary manslaughter charges was made at a hearing in Tucson’s federal court this morning. The new trial was set for Oct. 23.
Swartz was originally charged with second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting and acquitted last month by a jury of eight women and four men. But the group was unable to reach a unanimous decision on voluntary manslaughter. U.S. District Judge Raner Collins had given them the option to consider the lesser charges if they were unable to reach a verdict on second-degree murder. The article goes on to state the following:
Swartz has admitted shooting through the border fence in Nogales in response to a group of rock throwers, but his defense attorneys argued it was justified because it was in self-defense.
Prosecutors insist that Swartz’ use of deadly force was unnecessary.
The U.S. Attorney’s office will re-try #BorderPatrol Agent Lonnie Swartz for #manslaughter in the cross-border shooting death of a 16-year-old Mexican citizen.
>> https://t.co/rYKc1P1dm4#Tucson #Arizona pic.twitter.com/9M5hGPwYWc
— AZPM News (@AZPMnews) May 11, 2018
— TucsonNewsNow (@TucsonNewsNow) May 11, 2018
Prosecutors said they will retry Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz on voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. Trial is set for Oct. 23. pic.twitter.com/SzwJSHI0bs
— Kendal Blust (@ktblust) May 11, 2018
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