Border Patrol agent indicted after shooting of teen near border fence

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been indicted in the fatal 2010 shooting of a teenage boy along the Arizona-Mexico border.

The attorney for the boy's mother, Luis Parra, told The Associated Press that a federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted agent Lonnie Swartz on a charge of second-degree murder.

Swartz fired through the border fence into Nogales, Sonora, and fatally wounded 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez on Oct. 10, 2012.

The boy's family has filed a civil lawsuit in the case.

The Border Patrol says that Elena Rodriguez was among a group of rock-throwers endangering agents' lives. But his family says the boy was walking home from a basketball game with friends.

Swartz's lawyer, Sean Chapman, told the Arizona Daily Star that his client will plead not guilty at an Oct. 9 arraignment.

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