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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

US soldier charged in Mexican cartel killing

August 11, 2009 12:13 PM EDT
EL PASO, Texas - A Fort Bliss soldier and two other men have been charged in the shooting death of a mid-level Mexican drug cartel member who was also a U.S. informant.

El Paso, Texas, police said Tuesday that the soldier, 18-year-old Michael Jackson Apodaca, 30-year-old Ruben Rodriguez Dorado and 17-year-old Christopher Duran have been charged with capital murder in the May 15 slaying of Jose Daniel Gonzalez Galeana.

Gonzalez, a lieutenant in the Juarez cartel who multiple government officials told The Associated Press was a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement informant, was shot eight times outside his El Paso home.

Police say the military handed over Apodaca to them on Monday, when the other two men were also arrested.

A Fort Bliss spokeswoman did not immediately respond to phone messages seeking comment.

(This version CORRECTS the second reference to Gonzalez to use his preferred last name.)

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