Sanctioned Murder – Nicholas Corbett won’t be tried a third time

It’s official: Border Patrol agent Nicholas Corbett won’t be tried again in an illegal immigrant’s shooting death.

U.S. District Court Judge David Bury has granted a prosecution motion to dismiss second-degree murder, manslaughter and negligent homicide charges, without prejudice, meaning hey can be refiled if new evidence is developed.

Two trials in 2008 ended with jurors deadlocked. The first, 10-2 for conviction, the second 11-1 for acquittal.

Bury’s action last month ends criminal proceedings stemming from the Jan. 12, 2007 murder of 22-year-old Francisco Javier Dominguez Rivera of Puebla, Mexico, in Cochise County.

But Corbett also faces a $7.5 million dollarcivil suit Dominguez’s family filed last month.

Notice of intent has been filed with the US government to file a civil rights suit against Corbett and the USDOJ.

A Border Patrol spokesman in Washington said Corbett remains on administrative duties while an internal investigation continues.
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