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The Latest: Jury seated for trial of Border Patrol agent

March 21, 2018

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on a Border Patrol agent’s trial in a fatal shooting (all times local):

5:25 p.m.

A 16-member jury has been selected in Tucson, Arizona for the second-degree murder trial of a U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of shooting across the international border into Mexico and killing a teenager in 2012.

U.S. District Judge Raner Collins told the 11-woman, five-man panel late Tuesday afternoon that opening statements are set for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Lonnie Swartz is accused of killing 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez. The teen was on the street in Nogales, in Mexico’s Sonora state, just across the border from Nogales, Arizona.

An autopsy showed the unarmed youth was hit 10 times, mostly from behind.

Swartz’s lawyers have said Elena Rodriguez threw rocks just before he was shot in an attempt to create a distraction for drug smugglers and that the officer was justified in using lethal force.

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11:30 a.m.

Jury selection is underway in the second-degree murder trial of a U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of shooting across the international boundary into Mexico and killing a teenager five years ago.

U.S. District Judge Raner Collins and attorneys on Tuesday began thinning a pool of 38 prospective jurors summoned to a courtroom in Tucson, Arizona, for the trial of Lonnie Swartz.

He’s accused of killing 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez. The teen was on the street in Nogales, in Mexico’s Sonora state, just across the border from Nogales, Arizona.

An autopsy showed the unarmed youth was hit 10 times, mostly from behind.

Swartz’s lawyers have said Elena Rodriguez threw rocks just before he was shot in an attempt to create a distraction for drug smugglers and that the officer was justified in using lethal force.

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12:05 a.m.

Prospective jurors have been called to federal court in Arizona for a rare second-degree murder trial of a U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of shooting across the international boundary into Mexico and killing a teenager five years ago.

Agent Lonnie Swartz is accused of killing 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez. The teen was on the street in Nogales, in Mexico’s Sonora state, just across the border from Nogales, Arizona.

An autopsy showed the unarmed youth was hit 10 times, mostly from behind.

Swartz’s lawyers have said Elena Rodriguez threw rocks just before he was shot in an attempt to create a distraction for drug smugglers and that the officer was justified in using lethal force.

Opponents of U.S. border policies are expected to rally outside the courthouse.

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