Arizona Rancher Charged with First-Degree Murder For Fatally Shooting Illegal Alien on His Property By: MattyP

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George Alan Kelly, a 73-year-old rancher, has been charged with first-degree murder after fatally shooting Gabriel Cuen-Butimea, an illegal alien, on his Arizona ranch in Kino Springs just outside of Nogales, Mexico. 

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According to reports, Gabriel Cuen-Butimea has a history of illegally crossing into the United States and multiple deportations. Although it has not been confirmed yet, he is believed to have been in the US illegally when he was fatally shot.

Kelly made his initial appearance earlier this week at Nogales Justice Court, where Justice of the Peace Emilio Velasquez set bond at $1 million. Considering the $1 million bond, George Kelly asked the judge to reduce his bail so he could return home to take care of his wife.

“She’s there by herself… nobody to take care of her, the livestock or the ranch,” Kelly said in a report by Nogales International. “And I’m not going anywhere. I can’t come up with a million dollars. Is there… would you consider reducing it to any degree?”

His bail was not decreased. Velasquez explained to Kelly that within the next 48 hours, the County Attorney’s Office would determine whether to file an official charge against him. If they do and at that time, the attorney can request for the reduction of bond, or for it to be turned into a (secured) bond.”

“I understand,” Kelly replied.

As he exited the courtroom, Kelly remarked to detention officers: “Have a good day, guys. I don’t think I’m going to.”

Assessor records show that Kelly’s property is located in an isolated area about a mile-and-a-half north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

The issue of illegal immigration has long been a contentious issue in the United States, with many individuals and groups advocating for stricter border control measures. At the same time, others believe that the current immigration policies are too harsh and inhumane, and that a more compassionate approach is needed.

This incident sparked a heated debate about immigration and property rights in the area. Some argue that the rancher was within his rights to protect his property, while others argue that the use of lethal force was unjustified.

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