Brian Terry border case: 2nd suspect revealed
Unsealed federal records name man
by Dennis Wagner
Jan. 30, 2012 09:55 PM
The Republic | azcentral.com
Federal court records unsealed at the request of The Arizona Republic
and other media outlets identify a second suspect in the December
2010 murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry near Naco.
The U.S. District Court documents name Rito Osorio-Arellanes, 41, who
is believed to be a brother of the only previously named defendant,
document Department of Justice documents on Terry murder
Both men are under indictment in the slaying of Terry, 40, who died
during a shootout with border bandits who prey on illegal immigrants
and drug smugglers. A third defendant has yet to be identified in
public records because he remains at large.
The case has taken on magnified significance because two AK-47s at
the scene were traced back to Operation Fast and Furious, which
allowed weapons traffickers to ship firearms to Mexican cartels.
Because the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona is enveloped in that
scandal, federal prosecutors in San Diego are pursuing the indictment
against Terry's accused killers. They had persuaded a U.S. district
judge in Tucson to seal the entire record until this week, when
TheRepublic and other outlets convinced a judge to open some
documents, saying the public had a right to inspect them.
The unsealing at The Republic's request ended more than a year of
complete secrecy in the case. In releasing the records, Judge David
Bury ruled that constitutional law gives the public and the media "a
right to attend criminal trials and to inspect related judicial
Beyond identifying Rito Osorio-Arellanes as a defendant, the unsealed
records provide scant new information. Other court documents show
that Rito Osorio-Arellanes was arrested for illegal entry near Rio
Rico just two days before Terry's slaying. It is unclear whether he
was released from jail and was present for the shootout or remained
in custody when the slaying occurred, and is under indictment as a
suspected conspirator with the rip crew.
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