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Jury selection begins in border agent trial

Posted at 12:41 PM, Oct 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-23 20:09:26-04

A jury has been selected to serve on the second trial for a Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a Mexican teen through a border fence five years ago.

Opening statements are now scheduled for Wednesday morning in the manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter case against Lonnie Swartz. Swartz was acquitted of second-degree murder earlier this year in the cross-border shooting of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez. A jury deadlocked on other charges.
Federal prosecutors haven't said why they decided to re-try Swartz. Prosecutors during the first case said he had grown angry at rock-throwers and lost his temper when he shot Elena Rodriguez 10 times in the back.
Swartz's attorneys say he was defending himself and his fellow agents from rock-throwers.