AZ Rancher Accused of Killing Mexican Man on His Property

Arizona rancher George Alan Kelly has been accused of killing an unarmed Mexican man on his property. The man was among a group of eight people crossing through Kelly’s property. “Mr. Kelly shot an unarmed man in the back in an unprovoked attack as he ran for his life. There was no warning, and the victim was more than 100 yards from the defendant’s residence when he was shot and killed,” said chief deputy attorney for Santa Cruz County Kimberly Hunley. Kelly holds that he fired warning shots at a group of men with AK-47s wearing camouflage. He is currently in jail on a $1 million bond.

From The Western Journal:

“Testimony is something that is bought and sold by drug traffickers the same way that drugs and people are bought and sold. It is a valuable commodity, and it is used by these traffickers to obtain what they want,” [Kelly’s attorney Brenna Larkin] said.

“In this case, the benefit they’re getting is security for their smuggling route through Mr. Kelly’s property, and they’re sending a message to anybody else defending his or her own property that if you defend your property against us, you will be arrested, and there will be witnesses who come to stand against you,” she said.