Sheriff's deputy may have stopped suspect in 2010, turned him over to BP
Posted: Friday, February 3, 2012 8:39 am | Updated: 10:06 am, Fri Feb
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A second man now under indictment in the December 2010 killing of
Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry near Rio Rico may have been stopped
by a local sheriff's deputy 10 months earlier and turned over to the
At some point after that interaction, the man was released from
custody and arrested again two days prior to Terry's murder. He has
been behind bars since then.
Recently unsealed federal court records show that Rito Osorio-
Arellanes, 41, was named in a superceding indictment filed in the
Terry case in November 2011.
Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, a 35-year-old Mexican national believed to
be his brother, was previously named in a 14-count indictment filed
in April 2011.
Neither man, however, appears to be the alleged triggerman.
In announcing the indictment against Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, who was
wounded during the Dec. 14, 2010 confrontation between Terry's BORTAC
tactical unit and suspected border bandits,
the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a May 2011 news release that "his
co-conspirators, including the gunman suspected of firing the fatal
shot, fled and are being sought in connection to the murder."
As for Rito Osorio-Arellanes, he was in custody at a detention center
in Florence, Ariz. on the night of Terry's shooting.
A spokeswoman at the Central Arizona Detention Center, a facility
operated by the Corrections Corporation of America that houses
detainees for the U.S. Marshals Service,
confirmed this week that Rito Osorio-Arellanes was admitted to the
center on Dec. 13, 2010 and has not been released since.
He was arrested on Dec. 12, 2010 near Rio Rico.
The names in the April 2011 indictment were blacked out except for
He and at least one other person were charged with one count of
second-degree murder, and he and at least one other person were
charged with conspiracy to assault a federal officer.
Even if Rito Osorio-Arellanes was behind bars at the time of Terry's
murder, he could still be charged with conspiracy.
According to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office, a patrol deputy
reported detaining a man named Rito Osorio Adellanes from Sinaloa,
Mexico on Feb. 8, 2010.
The deputy then referred the case to the Border Patrol, said Lt.
Roberto Morales, commander of the sheriff's detention division.
Morales acknowledged that the deputy may have misspelled the man's
second last name as Adellanes instead of Arellanes.
However, a search of federal court records returned no corresponding
charges against either Rito Osorio Arellanes or Rito Osorio Adellanes,
making it unclear when or why he was released.
By then, Rito Osorio Arellanes already had a criminal history in the
United States. In March 2004, he was arrested for trying to sell
crack cocaine to an undercover officer in Mesa, Maricopa County court
He received probation for the charge.
(Reporting by Jonathan Clark and Michel Marizco.)