TRIAL: Jury selected for BP agent's trial
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Opening statements are set for Wednesday, March 21 in U.S. District Court for the case of a Border Patrol agent charged with the murder of a Mexican national teenager.
Lonnie Swartz shot and killed 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez in October 2012, according to prosecutors. Swartz has pleaded not guilty to the charge of second-degree murder.
The charge itself was filed nearly three years later in September 2015. After eight motions to continue the trial since then, a jury was selected on Monday, March 20.
More than 50 potential jurors were questioned, with the final 16 being approved before 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Questions to the jury included their willingness to always believe or disbelieve the words of a law enforcement officer, their acceptance of an interpreter in the courtroom for the victim's family and the specifics of any bumper stickers on their cars.
The trial is expected to last until the beginning of May.
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