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2:12 pm
Tue December 25, 2012

Cartel-Related Murder Trials To Begin In El Paso

A February trial date has been set for two people accused of involvement in a 2009 drug cartel-related murder in El Paso:  19-year-old Juan Gerardo Garcia Jr., and 20-year old Christopher Duran. They are accused of involvement in the May 2009 shooting death of 37-year-old Jose Daniel Gonzalez-Galeana.

State prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against 21-year-old Michael Jackson Apodaca, who was a Fort Bliss soldier at the time of the killing, and 33-year-old Rueben Rodriguez-Dorado.

Police say the Juarez cartel ordered Rodriguez-Dorado to kill Gonzalez-Galeana because they believed he was cooperating with the U.S. government and had joined a rival group. Police say the victim was a mid-level cartel boss who coordinated drug shipments.

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Information from: El Paso Times, http://www.elpasotimes.com


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