Man acccused of killing border agent Brian Terry gets trial date
Brian Terry By Andrew Michalscheck
TUCSON, Ariz. -- One of the men accused of killing border patrol agent Brian Terry is going to trial early next year.
A federal judge has set a February 5 trial date for Manuel Osorio-Arellanes.
Osorio-Arellanes and four other men have been charged with killing Terry in December 2010 during a shootout near the Arizona-Mexico border.
Two of the guns linked to Terry’s murder were purchased by a member of a gun smuggling ring that was being watched as part of the government’s “gun-walking” program Operation Fast and Furious.
The program was intended to lead authorities to weapons dealers who had been able to avoid prosecution. Operation Fast and Furious has been heavily criticized, however, because many of the firearms wound up in the hands of violent criminals.
Earlier this year, Terry’s family filed a $25 million wrongful death lawsuit against the federal government.
The four other men accused of killing Terry are currently fugitives.