Suspect in border agent killing removed from US

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NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) -- A Mexican citizen accused in the killing of an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent in 2003 has been turned over to prosecutors in Mexico.

Agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement say 25-year-old Jose Arturo Arreola-Lopez was handed over Wednesday to the Mexican Attorney General's Office at the border crossing in Nogales, Ariz.

Authorities say Arreola-Lopez is one of four suspects charged with murdering Tucson Sector agent Jorge Luis Salomon Martinez in September 2003 near Bacocahi, Sonora. The 23-year-old Martinez was in Mexico visiting relatives.

They say Martinez was socializing with the four suspects, who beat him to death with rocks after they found out he was an agent.

ICE officials in southern Arizona took custody of Arreola-Lopez in April after he was arrested in Minnesota for drug possession.

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