Court Finds Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz NOT GUILTY of Involuntary Manslaughter of Mexican Teen at Border
Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
Swartz shot 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez in 2012.
It was the second trial for the US Border Patrol agent.
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A jury in Arizona has acquitted a U.S. Border Patrol agent of manslaughter in the cross-border shooting death of a Mexican teen six years ago.
Jurors found Lonnie Swartz not guilty of involuntary manslaughter Wednesday. It was his second trial after another jury acquitted him of second-degree murder and deadlocked on the manslaughter charge earlier this year.
It marks another loss for federal prosecutors in a rare criminal case against an agent for using force.
Swartz said he was defending himself and other law enforcement officers from rock-throwers when he shot at 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez through a border fence. The boy was shot in the back about 10 times.
Prosecutors said Swartz was fed up with rock-throwers and lost his temper when he opened fire.
José Antonio Elena Rodriguez presente!!!
Thread on his murder:
BP agent Lonnie Swartz is being retried in court for the murder of 16-year-old José Antonio Elena Rodriguez.
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Protesters waited outside the court for the verdict today.
Jury deadlocked in case of #borderpatrol shooting of 16 yo #JoseElenaRodriguez in 2012. #BP agent #LonnieSwartz being tried for manslaughter. Arguments ended on Nov 16. Judge sent jury back to deliberations. pic.twitter.com/0bIN07lYxN
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