Prosecutors say DHS pilot lied in drowning case

AP News

8/29/2011 4:01:09 AM - AP News
HOUSTON (AP) — Prosecutors say a Department of Homeland Security pilot lied about using his helicopter in 2005 to force two would-be illegal immigrants back into Mexico as they attempted to cross the Rio Grande, an action that resulted in the drowning of one of the individuals.James Peters faces four counts of making false statements to investigators looking into the death of Carlos Delgadillo Martinez, a Mexican national.During opening statements Monday in Peters' trial, prosecutors tell jurors the pilot lied about the incident near a bridge in Laredo, Texas. They accuse him of flying his helicopter low in an attempt to force Delgadillo and another person back to Mexico.But Peters' attorney tells jurors the pilot didn't lie to investigators.Peters faces up to five years in prison if convicted.