Death Penalty Sought for Border Patrol Agent

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent who confessed to killing four sex workers told investigators he wanted to “clean up the streets” of his Texas border hometown, a prosecutor said. Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said a grand jury indicted Juan David Ortiz for capital murder, the Associated Press reports. Alaniz will seek the death penalty for the September slayings. He said evidence presented to the grand jury showed Juan David Ortiz killed the women “in a cold, callous and calculating way.”  Alaniz said Ortiz was “targeting this community of individuals who he perceived to be disposable, that no one would miss and that he did not give value to”

Alaniz said Ortiz, 35, believed law enforcement didn’t do enough to curb prostitution, so he was “doing a service” by killing the women. Three of the women were shot to death, and the fourth was also shot but died of blunt force trauma. Ortiz has been held on murder charges in the Webb County jail on a $2.5 million bond since his Sept. 15 arrest in Laredo. The Border Patrol intel supervisor and Navy veteran seemed to be living a typical suburban life with his wife and two children when the killings occurred. He was arrested after one victim was able to escape him and asked a state trooper for help.

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