Slain AZ agent's parents want to be part of casePosted: Updated:
PHOENIX (AP) -- The parents of a Border Patrol agent killed in a December shootout near the Arizona-Mexico border are asking a judge to make them a party in the criminal case against a man who authorities say bought two rifles that were found at the shooting scene.
Agent Brian Terry's parents asked that they be made a party to the case against Jaime Avila and 19 other people accused of participating in a ring that bought more than 700 guns to be smuggled into Mexico for use by a drug cartel.
Lawyers for Terry's parents asserted victims' rights and asked U.S. District Judge James Teilborg to let them become part of the case so they can stay updated on the case's developments.
The 20 accused people pleaded not guilty to the charges.