U.S. Border Patrol

Jury set to deliberate in Border Patrol agent's murder trial

A U.S. Border Patrol agent was fed up with rock throwers when he fired across the border and killed a teenager who had been lobbing stones from Mexico, prosecutors told jurors Monday during closing arguments in the agent's murder trial.

Defense attorneys countered that agent Lonnie Swartz was justified to use lethal force and fired to protect himself, other border agents and police officers on the U.S. side in Nogales, Arizona.

Swartz had pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the 2012 killing of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez.

During the monthlong trial, prosecutors have acknowledged that the teen was throwing rocks from Nogales, in the Mexican...

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