Friday, February 3, 2012

AZMEX F&F EXTRA 2 3-2-12


NOTE: Interesting, but not confirmed.

Survivors Of Slain Border Patrol Agent Exit Criminal Case
By Michel Marizco
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

TUCSON — The family of a Border Patrol agent murdered in Arizona
reached an agreement with prosecutors late Tuesday to withdraw from
the criminal case against the man accused of buying the weapons that
may have killed the agent.

Agent Brian Terry's family had requested to be designated crime
victims in the case against Jaime Avila. The defendant is charged
with buying the rifles that were found at the location where the
agent was shot to death. Avila bought the weapons with the full
knowledge of U.S. law enforcement in a gunwalking scandal known as
Operation Fast and Furious, according to records.

The Terrys withdrew their request after prosecutors in the case
agreed to work with them informally. The request would have opened
the possibility of turning the smuggling case into one against the
Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).

Records show the bureau and federal prosecutors allowed high powered
weapons bought in the US. to be delivered to Mexican drug cartels.
The intent was to build cases against high-ranking members of the
criminal organizations.

Agent Terry was killed in December 2010 in a confrontation with
bandits near Nogales, Ariz. Many of the proceedings against those
charged with his slaying have been kept secret at the request of
federal prosecutors.

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