Closing arguments nearing in trial of a Border Patrol agent

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Lonnie Swartz. (Source: Maggie Keane) Lonnie Swartz. (Source: Maggie Keane)

Closing arguments are expected this week in the trial of U.S. Border Patrol agent charged in the 2012 fatal shooting of a teenager across the Mexican border.

Lonnie Swartz is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez.

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The trial began March 20 in U.S. District Court in Tucson.

Prosecutors say Swartz fired 16 shots, hitting the teen 10 times including eight times in the back.

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Elena Rodriguez was on a street in Nogales in the Mexican state of Sonora, just across the border from Nogales, Arizona.

Swartz says he fired in self-defense in response to people throwing rocks from the Mexico side during a drug-smuggling attempt.

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Prosecutors don't dispute the teen was throwing rocks, but contend Swartz responded with an unreasonable amount of force.

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