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.