Suspect in Border Patrol agent’s death extradited to the United States

June 18
ARIZONA
Suspect in Border Patrol agent’s death is extradited

One of the five men accused in the killing of a Border Patrol agent whose death exposed a botched federal gun sting has been extradited to the United States.

Jesus Leonel Sanchez-Meza, also known as Lionel Portillo-Meza, was arraigned in federal court in Tucson on Wednesday. He was flown in from Mexico on Tuesday.

Sanchez-Meza is only the second of the suspects to face justice in the United States in the slaying of Brian Terry, who was killed near the U.S.-Mexico border on Dec. 14, 2010.

The case brought to light the botched Fast and Furious operation in which federal agents trying to track guns allowed criminals to buy them for weapons smugglers. Instead, agents lost track of 1,400 of the 2,000 guns involved in the sting operation, including two weapons found at the scene of Terry’s killing.

— Associated Press

MASSACHUSETTS
Bombing suspect requests trial change

Attorneys for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have asked to have his trial moved to Washington.

The lawyers say in a motion filed Wednesday that their preliminary survey of the attitudes of potential jurors in Boston, Springfield, Mass.; New York City and Washington found Washington would be the most favorable location for a trial, scheduled for November.

Authorities say Tsarnaev and his brother planted two pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line of the 2013 marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 260. His brother died after a shootout with police.

— Associated Press

PENNSYLVANIA
Man accused of aiding Auschwitz killings

An 89-year-old Philadelphia man was ordered held without bail Wednesday on a German arrest warrant charging him with aiding and abetting the killing of 216,000 Jewish men, women and children while he was a guard at the Auschwitz death camp.

The man, retired toolmaker Johann “Hans” Breyer, was arrested by U.S. authorities Tuesday.

Legal filings unsealed Wednesday indicate that the district court in Weiden, Germany, issued a warrant for Breyer’s arrest, charging him with 158 counts of complicity in the commission of murder.

— Associated Press

Florida executes man: A man convicted of killing his wife and her 5-year-old son nearly 30 years ago was executed at Florida State Prison Wednesday, the third person to die by lethal injection in 24 hours across the U.S. South. John R. Henry’s death was the third U.S. execution since a botched injection in Oklahoma in April. Two convicted killers, one in Georgia and the other in Missouri, have been put to death since Tuesday.

— Reuters

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