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Murder Trial Opens For Border Patrol Agent Who Shot Mexican Teenager

A portrait of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez is seen on the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Nogales, Mexico, on Feb. 16, 2017. (Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images)
A portrait of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez is seen on the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Nogales, Mexico, on Feb. 16, 2017. (Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images)

A Border Patrol agent is on trial for murder more than five years after he shot through a fence on the U.S.-Mexico border, killing a teenager on the other side.

Lonnie Swartz faces second-degree murder charges for the death of 16-year-old Mexican citizen Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez in 2012. Swartz shot Rodriguez 10 times across the border in Nogales.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Michel Marizco (@BorderReporter), senior editor of KJZZ’s Fronteras Desk.

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