A U.S. Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a Mexican illegal entrant in January has been charged with murder by the Cochise County Attorney who said Monday that the shooting was not justified.The organization that represents agents disagrees.
On Monday, Cochise County Attorney Ed Rheinheimer filed a complaint against agent Nicholas Corbett charging him with four counts of homicide: first-degree and second-degree murder, manslaughter and negligent homicide.
Monday's filing comes more than three months after Corbett, 39, shot and killed Francisco Javier Dominguez Rivera, 22, of Puebla, Mexico, on Jan. 12 about 150 yards north of the border between Bisbee and Douglas. The shooting occurred while Corbett was trying to apprehend Dominguez Rivera and three others who were trying to enter the country illegally.
The decision is a part of a nationwide pattern of politically motivated prosecutions against Border Patrol agents, said Brandon Judd, vice president of Local 2544, the Arizona Chapter of the National Border Patrol Council.
The matching testimony from three witnesses has more to do with their blood ties and influence from the Mexican Consulate than what actually happened, Judd says. He also disagrees with Rheinheimer's assertion that the physical evidence contradicts Corbett's statements.
NOTE: I corrected the title from "goodorder" to "good Border". Really must remember to use the spell-checker.