Trial of 2 in killing of Border Patrol agent nears finish

Trial of 2 in killing of Border Patrol agent nears finish

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – The trial of two men in the killing of a Border Patrol agent during a 2010 shootout in the Arizona desert is winding down in federal court in Tucson.

Prosecutors rested their case Monday and the defense did so Wednesday without calling any witnesses. A prosecutor argued during closing statements Wednesday that DNA and fingerprint evidence, along with confessions from both defendants, proves they are guilty on all nine counts. The defense will follow with its closing statements.

Jury deliberations are expected to start later Wednesday.

Jesus Leonel Sanchez-Meza, also known as Lionel Portillo-Meza, and Ivan Soto-Barraza are accused of belonging to a “rip crew” that were planning to rob drug smugglers when they encountered Brian Terry and other agents. A gunfight ensued and Terry was killed.

The case exposed the bungled federal gun operation known as Fast and Furious. Two of 1,400 guns lost in the operation were where Terry was killed.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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