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Border Patrol Agent Charged with Murdering Mexican Teenager Set for Trial in November

courtroomBy Steve Neavling

A Border Patrol agent who has been charged with murder after shooting and killing a Mexican teenager through a border fence is expected to face a trial in November.

Nov. 7 is the trial date set by U.S. District Court Judge Raner C. Collins.

Border Patrol agent Lonnie Ray Swartz was charged with second-degree murder in September in the killing of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, AZCentral reports. 

The trial has been delayed multiple times.

The teenager’s mother, Araceli Rodriguez, said she hopes the right jury is selected.

“I hope that the jury that is deciding the case has morals, is a jury made up of members who have children, is a jury that knows good from bad, that can distinguish the truth from lies,” she said. “I hope that the jury leans towards justice. To choose justice.”

The U.S. government intends to call eight expert witnesses at the trial, including a ballistics expert and three forensic medical examiners.

Violent Crime Increased Nationwide in First Half of 2015, FBI Reports

police lightsBy Steve Neavling

Violent crimes in the U.S. increased in the first half of 2015 compared to the same period last year, according to preliminary FBI data.

Local law enforcement reported to the bureau a 1.7% increase in violent crimes in the first six months of 2015. Murder, rape, aggravated assault and robbery rose nationwide, while arson and burglary declined.

“While the overall violent crime rates remain historically low, and it is too early to draw any long-term conclusions, the Justice Department is acutely focused on the increases being experienced in some communities of the country,” Justice Department spokesman Patrick Rodenbush told CBS News. “While the overall violent crime rates remain historically low, and it is too early to draw any long-term conclusions, the Justice Department is acutely focused on the increases being experienced in some communities of the country,” said Justice Department spokesman Patrick Rodenbush.

Despite the increase, the violent crime rate is still far below what it was 20 years ago.

Border Patrol Agent, 4 Others Charged in Murder of Man Who Was Decapitated

border patrolBy Steve Neavling

A Border Patrol agent is among a group of men charged in the death of a man whose decapitated body was found floating near South Padre Island in Texas, the Associated Press reports. 

Joel Luna, who was placed on indefinite leave from the Border Patrol, and four other men were indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday, charging them with capital murder, murder and two counts of engaging in organized criminal activity.

The defendants are lodged in the Cameron County jail without bond.

When Luna was arrested in March, law enforcement found nearly $90,000, a kilogram of cocaine and handguns inside his safe at his Hebbronville home.

In March, the decapitated body of Jose Francisco Palacios-Paz was found.

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ISIS Fighter Accused of Executing His Own Mother for Not Supporting His Terrorist Actions

The unidentified Syrian fighter accused of killing his mother.

The unidentified Syrian fighter accused of killing his mother.

By Steve Neavling

An ISIS fighter is accused of executing his own mother, according to a well-respected Syrian refugee human rights group, the Washington Post reports. 

A 20-year-old Syrian fighter shot his mother “in front of hundreds of people near the post office … where she was employed, according to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights in Britain.

ISIS arrested his mother after she had an argument with her son over his support of ISIS.

“His mother spoke with him and asked him to leave ISIS and leave Raqqa to go to a different area of Syria and Turkey,” Rami Abdulrahman of the Syrian Observatory said in a telephone interview, using an acronym for the Islamic State. “… After that he told ISIS and, 1-2-3, they arrest his mother.”

Ex-FBI Agent Charged with Murder in Brutal Beating of Daughter’s Husband

Daughter and wife Molly Corbett.

Daughter and wife Molly Corbett.

By Steve Neavling

A former FBI agent and his North Carolina daughter have been charged with murder in the death of the woman’s husband, Fox News reports. 

Molly Martens Corbett, 31, and her father, retired FBI agent Thomas Michael Martens were charged in August with second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter, according to grand jury indictments unsealed Monday.

“It was an extremely thorough investigation,” Davidson County Sheriff David Grice told The-Dispatch newspaper Monday. “We are pleased with the decision of the grand jury.”

The husband, 39-year-of Jason Paul Corbett, of Ireland, was found dead with fatal head injuries after he was assaulted at his North Carolina home sometime over the night of Aug. 2.

Martens, 65, said he struck his son-in-law with a baseball bat following an argument.

Suspended Secret Service Officer Was Shot and Killed in Washington

Secret-Service-BadgeBy Steve Neavling

A Secret Service officer who was suspended following a domestic dispute case was shot and killed in Washington on Tuesday, CNN confirmed Wednesday. 

Arthur Baldwin, 30, was found unconscious in the 4700 block of 1st Street after being shot multiple times. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Authorities, who are offering a $25,000 reward for information on the killing, are searching for three men in connection with the shooting.

“The Secret Service is aware of this information — we express our condolences to the family of our employee,” agency spokeswoman Nicole Mainor said Wednesday. She referred questions about the incident to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Baldwin was placed on administrative leave earlier this year after he was charged with first-degree attempted burglary destruction of property during a domestic dispute.

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Two Men Convicted of Murdering Border Patrol Agent Were Sentenced to Life

Brian Terry

Brian Terry

By Steve Neavling

Two men convicted of murdering Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry were sentenced to life in prison Wednesday, ABC News reports.

Terry’s death revealed the bungled gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious when weapons purchased during the probe ended up at the scene of the shooting that left him dead.

Jesus Leonel Sanchez-Meza, Ivan Soto-Barraza and three others planned to rob marijuana smugglers in southern Arizona when a shootout occurred, killing Terry.

“They knew someone could or would get hurt, but that did not stop them because their greed was much more powerful than having a conscience,” Terry’s sister, Kelly Willis, said.

Two members of the robbery crew are still fugitives, and another pleaded guilty to murder.

“Obviously, he’s very remorseful,” defense attorney Ramiro Flores said of Sanchez-Meza.

Ex-Border Patrol Agent Who Fatally Shot Wife’s Lover Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

Adam Garibay

Adam Garibay

By Steve Neavling

A former Border Patrol agent who fatally shot his wife’s lover was sentenced to 30 years in prison, ABC13 reports.

The sentence was the maximum allowed under a plea agreement with prosecutors in the killing of Keith J. Martin.

Adam S. Garibay, who pleaded guilty to the Nov. 9 murder, will have to serve at least 15 years before he is eligible for parole.

Prosecutors said Garibay drove to the Corpus Christi home of wife, who was restrained with handcuffs and duct tape. He then drove to a house near Hondo, where Martin was killed.