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Arizona rancher accused of killing Mexican man near U.S.-Mexico border will not be retried, prosecutors confirm

Prosecutors announced they will not retry an Arizona rancher, George Alan Kelly, for the fatal shooting of Mexican man, Gabriel Cuen-Buitimea, on his property. The jury was deadlocked, leading to a mistrial declared by the judge. The Santa Cruz County Attorney’s Office decided not to seek a retrial due to unique circumstances. Kelly expressed relief after the case was dismissed and showed sympathy for the victim’s family. Protesters demonstrated outside the courthouse in support of Cuen-Buitimea, emphasizing his humanity. Kelly had been charged with second-degree murder but claimed he fired warning shots and did not shoot directly at anyone. Kelly rejected a plea agreement earlier on.


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