Arizona Prosecutors Will Not Retry Rancher Case

A rancher facing murder charges for shooting an illegal immigrant will not be retried.

American Faith reported that a judge declared a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict in the murder trial for Arizona rancher George Alan Kelly.

Alan Kelly was accused of killing Gabriel Cuen-Butimea after deceased migrants were found on his property.

He was later arrested and charged with second-degree murder and aggravated assault for defending his wife and property.

“Because of the unique circumstances and challenges surrounding this case, the Santa Cruz County Attorney’s Office has decided not to seek a retrial,” Deputy County Attorney Kimberly Hunley said.

After defense attorney Brenna Larkin said they had no objection, Superior Court Judge Thomas Fink declared, “We’re adjourned in that matter.”

The rancher said, “The nightmare is over,” adding that “God will look after” him, “like He always does.”