USA TODAY, "Feds fight victim status for slain border agent's family"
Prosecutors oppose granting crime victim status to the family of slain U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in a case involving an alleged gun dealer who purchased two weapons recovered at the scene of an Arizona shootout where Terry was killed. Neither weapon purchased by Jaime Avila has been confirmed as the gun that killed Terry, and prosecutors argue that the agent was not directly harmed by Avila’s alleged act. - HTN Foundation
Feds fight victim status for slain border agent's family
Federal prosecutors are opposing crime-victim status for the family of a slain U.S. Border Patrol agent in the case of an accused gun dealer who allegedly purchased two weapons recovered at the scene of last year's Arizona shootout where Agent Brian Terry was killed.
Victim status, among other things, gives family members the right to be notified of court proceedings in the case, confer with prosecutors on matters related to the case, testify at sentencing or parole hearings and receive restitution.
Neither of the weapons allegedly bought by Jaime Avila has been positively identified as the gun that killed Terry, but the firearms also have not been ruled out as murder weapons.
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