Jury Selection Underway For Trial Of Border Patrol Agent In Fatal Shooting

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 8:26am

Attorneys on both sides of the upcoming murder trial of the border patrol agent accused of shooting a teenager, are trying to screen out jurors who might have strong feelings, one way or the other, about illegal immigration and drug smuggling.

A U.S. District Court judge has agreed to a request by prosecutors to ask whether someone has belonged to, or even supported, a group that "provides a physical presence along the international border'' to assist law enforcement in stopping illegal immigration or drugs.

Prosecutors also want to know whether would-be jurors, or those in their family, have advocated for greater security along the border.

Conversely, the defense attorney would like to know if perspective jurors are members of groups including, Border Action Network or the ACLU.

The trial involves border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz who allegedly shot 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez through the border fence at Nogales in 2012.

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