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Mexican National Indicted in Killing of Border Patrol Agent

John Moore/Thinkstock(TUCSON, Ariz) -- A Mexican national was indicted Friday in the death of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent who was shot and killed in December.

Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, of El Fuerte, Mexico faces several charges for his alleged involvement in the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was gunned down on December 14, 2010 near Rio Rico, Ariz. Authorities say Osorio-Arellanes was part of an armed group of illegal aliens that engaged in a firefight with Terry and other border patrol agents, during which Terry was fatally shot. Investigators say Osorio-Arellanes was taken into custody after also being wounded in the exchange.

In addition to facing felony immigration charges, Osorio-Arellanes is charged with conspiracy to assault a federal officer; use and carrying a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence; possession of a firearm by a prohibited person; possession of firearm by a prohibited person and re-entry after deportation.

Investigators believe another member of the group fired the fatal shot, and the shooter along with other members of the group is being sought by authorities.

Trial of Osorio-Arellanes is scheduled to begin on June 17.

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