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Arizona Rancher Accused of Killing Illegal Immigrant Vindicated

An Arizona rancher who faced charges of murdering an illegal immigrant won’t be convicted.

Santa Cruz County prosecutors are opting against trying George Alan Kelly a second time after his first murder trial ended in a mistrial, according to KOLD-TV.

A jury of eight voted against convicting Kelly last week by a 7-1 margin.

The lack of a unanimous verdict meant the trial could’ve been brought again by prosecutors, but they’re choosing not to further litigate the case.

Prosecutors disclosed their intent to dismiss the case against Kelly in a Monday hearing.

Kelly was accused of killing Gabriel Cuen-Buitimea, 48, around Nogales on Jan. 30, 2023.

Prosecutors alleged that Kelly fired nine shots from an AK-47 rifle at a group of illegal immigrants who had crossed the U.S-Mexico border illegally.

In his defense, Kelly asserted that he merely fired warning shots, as opposed to intentionally shooting at anyone.

Kelly described seeing groups of individuals armed with rifles and backpacks at his southern Arizona property before firing warning shots, according to Court TV.

The defendant later found the body of Cuen-Buitimea against a mesquite tree one hundred yards away from his house hours later.

Cuen-Buitimea was later identified as a repeat deportee who had been previously convicted of illegally entering the United States, according to the Associated Press.

The 75-year old rancher described his legal ordeal as a “nightmare” that had come to an end upon leaving the Santa Cruz County courthouse.

Kelly earlier refused a plea deal prosecutors offered that would’ve seen the senior citizen plead guilty to negligent homicide.

A consultant for Kelly’s legal team asserted that Santa Cruz County’s efforts to prosecute the rancher cost taxpayers more than $1 million, according to Fox News.

  • One says:

    Illegals are permeating EVERY state. NOTICE TO ILLEGALS: If/when you are discovered illegal, your days will be numbered. There are 5 times more of us (who want to see you dead), than the measly 30 million of you. Enjoy your time here. It will be short.

  • RAY C HESS says:

    how can they ever make him whole for the time he was incarcerated?

  • Richard Davis says:

    The prosecution didn’t have the bullet that killed him they couldn’t prove that he even shot in the direction they found the body and he was the one that called in the police to report the body there was no way he was going to be convicted

  • DeniseRS says:

    The $1million would have been better spent securing the boarder instead of going after citizen defending their home from criminals.

  • Dorothy says:

    This is where he should be from day 1 of this nonsense. It must have weighed heavily on him and I am glad it is over with. They did the right thing. These prosecutors should stop with arresting and doing real damage and costing the tax payers more money. They knew damn well he was innocent. Close the damn borders and now. None of this would be happening if they were closed as they should be. American Citizens are the ones being targeted while these Politicians go on living well.



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