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Retired Border Patrol Agent Suspected of Killing Wife, Then Himself

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By Steve Neavling

A retired 57-year-old Border Patrol agent is accused of fatally shooting his wife in Texas and then taking his own life.

Authorities say Mark Martinez, a 28-year Border Patrol veteran who retired in 2015, killed his wife inside the couple’s home in West El Paso on Wednesday, reports.

The next morning, investigators discovered Martinez dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a vehicle in La Union, N.M.

Police said the body of Martinez’s wife, Norma Martinez, was found by a family member.

The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office and officers with U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force found Martinez’s body.

The El Paso Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons unit is investigating the suspected murder-suicide.

After Fighting Corruption for 25 Years, FBI Agent John Roberts Retires

photo courtesy of Philadelphia Enquirer

Steve Neavling

 An FBI agent whose work helped jail dozens of Philadelphia and New Jersey politicians is retiring after 25 years with the bureau, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Agent John Roberts spent 20 years of his career in Philadelphia, where he became an expert on corruption and the politicians who turn to the dark side.

During his last five years, he ran the corruption squad.

His expertise took him as far away as Europe to lecture on corruption and pay-to-play politics, the Inquirer reported.

Roberts will take his skills to a senior manager position in the antifraud unit of the Deloitte accounting firm, according to the Inquirer.

Former Secret Service Agent Acquitted on Bribery Charges

By Danny Fenster

Former Secret Service agent R. Patrick Caldwell was acquitted on Monday of bribery charges involving his body armor company and foreign officials, Reuters reports. Caldwell was accused of trying to bribe a foreign official during a sting where FBI agents posed as representatives of African leaders seeking to by arms.

Reuters wrote that acquittal was the Obama administration’s “latest blow” in a “sprawling case aimed at rooting out purported corruption in the arms industry.”

After 27 years with the US Secret Service, Caldwell served as chief executive officer of Protective Products of America Inc. While with the Secret Service, Caldwell was in charge of the division for the vice president’s protection, according to Reuters.

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