By Paul Ingram
A lawyer representing Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent charged with second-degree murder for shooting and killing a Mexican teenager across the border in Nogales, said that the agency has “lost or destroyed” the original video recordings of the incident.
Nearly three years after the shooting, Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Ray Swartz was indicted by a grand jury for firing through the border fence and killing 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez. The boy was walking along the sidewalk on Calle International near the international boundary when he was hit by nearly a dozen rounds, with most of the bullets striking him in the back.
The indictment alleges Swartz acted “with malice aforethought” when he unholstered his weapon and fired through the fence, killing the teen.
Swartz’s lawyer, Sean Chapman, said in a court filing this week that copies of the border surveillance video should be precluded as evidence because during the transfer of the original digital video, the government compressed the images, violating its own guidelines.
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