3 Men Arrested in Retaliation Killing

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Federal prosecutors say three men have been arrested for the retaliation killing of a South Texas man thought to have stolen cocaine from the Gulf Cartel.

Authorities on Tuesday said 25-year-old Roel Garza was arrested over the weekend while 26-year-old Orlando Hernandez and 24-year-old Jose Lorenzo Davila were arrested last week. All three are from Rio Grande City in Starr County.

The men erroneously believed the victim, who wasn't identified, had stolen more than 200 pounds of cocaine. He was driving to a relative's home in May 2011 when three vehicles converged. The Mission man was bound, gagged and taken into Mexico where he was killed. He was killed even after the kidnappers realized they had the wrong man.

Prosecutors did not reveal the charges pending against the defendants.

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