Jury selection begins for 2 accused of murdering border agent

Jury selection begins for 2 accused of murdering border agent

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Jury selection began Tuesday in the trial of two men accused of killing a Border Patrol agent in a desert area south of Tucson.

Ivan Soto-Barraza and Lionel Portillo-Meza face nine counts, including murder and assault on a federal officer.

Both of them are accused in the killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010.

This will be the first trial in this case.

Six people are accused. Two have pleaded out. Two others are fugitives.

The murder of Terry exposed the federal Fast and Furious operation, in which federal agents allowed criminals to buy weapons.

The plan was to track the firearms into Mexico, but instead, the agents lost track of most of them.

Two of those weapons were found at the site of the gun battle where Terry was killed.

Opening arguments are expected to begin Wednesday.

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