Monday, December 5, 2022

Jurors hear ex-Border Patrol agent's confession in killings


The Associated Press reports that jurors in the murder trial of a former U.S. Border Patrol agent have heard his taped confession to the 2018 killings of four sex workers in South Texas.

ff convicted, Juan David Ortiz faces life in prison without parole.  Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty. The trial started on November 28 and is set to continue later today.

Ortiz, a Navy veteran, was a Border Patrol intelligence supervisor at the time of his arrest in 2018. Ortiz, who officials have said wasn’t on duty during the killings and wore civilian clothes, is accused of killing four women.  Each woman was shot in the head and left along roads on the outskirts of Laredo, Texas.

Juan David Ortiz told detectives in the video played in court last week that as he drove along a stretch of road that the women frequented. He told investigators he wanted to “clean up the streets,” and referred to the women as “trash” and “so dirty.”

Ortiz’s attorney, Joel Perez, argued that investigators had jumped to conclusions, and that his client’s confession was “coerced.” He said his client was “broken” and “suicidal” when he made the confession and told investigators he'd had blackouts. Perez said that Ortiz told the investigators that he was a war veteran who'd been experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder.


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