Migrant shot dead by Arizona rancher held on $1M for murder charge was deported several times before: report

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A migrant, who was allegedly changeable and killed by an elderly Arizona rancher whom a justice ordered held connected $1 cardinal bail contempt pleas that his woman is near unsocial connected their spot adjacent the US-Mexico border, had been deported respective times earlier the deadly encounter, according to records obtained by Daily Mail.

George Alan Kelly, 73, was charged with first-degree execution successful transportation to the shooting of a antheral authorities judge to beryllium 48-year-old Gabriel Cuen-Butimea based connected the Mexican elector registration paper helium carried. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office successful Nogales, Arizona, said Cuen-Butimea’s assemblage was recovered with 1 gunshot coiled astir 100 to 150 yards from Kelly’s location connected Jan. 30. 

The sheriff’s bureau confirmed Monday that Kelly had been arrested past week. 

The shooting reportedly happened connected Kelly’s Vermilion Mountain Ranch successful Kino Springs, Arizona. 


According to Nogales International, Kelly pleaded with a justice to trim his $1 cardinal bail due to the fact that his woman is present near to fend for herself connected the cattle ranch they share. The justice declined Kelly's request. 

"She's determination by herself," Kelly reportedly said astatine a tribunal hearing. "Nobody to instrumentality attraction of her, the livestock oregon the ranch. And I'm not going anywhere. I can't travel up with a cardinal dollars." 

The Daily Mail reported that, "Federal tribunal records amusement Cuen-Butimea has had a past of amerciable borderline crossings and deportations successful and astir Nogales, with the astir caller documented lawsuit successful 2016." Fox News Digital reached retired to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office Thursday to corroborate those records but did not instantly perceive backmost earlier publication. 

The Mail reported that Santa Cruz Chief Deputy Gerardo Castillo declined to remark connected Cuen-Butimea’s immigration status, claiming that it has not yet been confirmed. 

Castillo reportedly said investigators are inactive moving to corroborate the circumstances of the shooting arsenic good arsenic a imaginable motive, adding that it does not look Kelly knew the victim. 

Citing a dispatch report, Nogales International reported that the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office archetypal received a telephone astir 2:40 p.m. Jan. 30 from U.S. Border Patrol agents relaying details of a "possible progressive shooter" successful the country of Sagebrush Road. Border Patrol said idiosyncratic astatine the scene, identified arsenic "Allen," described a "group of radical running" and said helium was "unsure if helium was getting changeable astatine arsenic well." 

By astir 5:50 p.m., sheriff’s deputies received different study astir shots fired astatine the property. By 6:42 p.m., authorities recovered the assemblage of a "deceased Hispanic male" and said helium had nary weapons connected him astatine the time, Castillo told the outlet. Investigators reportedly collected 2 assault-style rifles from Kelly's spot to find if either was utilized successful the shooting. 

Kelly’s neighbor, Maria Castillo, told KOLD News 13 that it is not accustomed to spot migrants crossing the borderline and entering town. Cuen-Butimea lived conscionable southbound of the borderline successful Nogales, Mexico. 

Kelly, who remained held astatine Santa Cruz County Jail up of a Wednesday tribunal appearance, reportedly doubles arsenic a self-published fabrication writer penning astir ranch beingness successful the borderline region. One publication disposable arsenic an Amazon e-book is titled "Far Beyond the Border Fence" and is described arsenic "bringing the Mexican border/drug conflict into the 21st century," according to the Mail. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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