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Trial of BP agent is rescheduled to March

Posted at 5:31 AM, Jan 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-06 07:31:20-05
The trial of a U.S. Border Patrol agent accused in the fatal cross-border shooting of a Mexican teenager has been rescheduled for March 22.
 
Lonnie Swartz was indicted by a federal grand jury in September on one count of second-degree murder.
 
He's charged in the October 2012 death of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez.
 
Swartz is accused of firing through the border fence into Nogales, Sonora and striking Rodriguez about 10 times.
 
Swartz pleaded not guilty in October and his trial originally was scheduled to begin in November.
 
A new trial date was set Monday in U.S. District Court in Tucson.
 
Swartz is on administrative leave and allowed to remain free pending trial. But he was forced to surrender his Border Patrol pistol and can't travel outside Arizona and Nevada.