US-bred mass-killing suspect faces trial in Mexico

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Posted: Jun 10, 2011 3:05 PM
US-bred mass-killing suspect faces trial in Mexico

A Mexican judge has ordered an alleged U.S.-bred drug gang leader to stand trial on charges of organized crime and kidnapping in connection with more than 250 killings in a northern Mexico border state.

The federal Attorney General's Office said Friday that Martin Estrada Luna and three other men will be tried in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.

Estrada Luna was arrested in April. Investigators say he masterminded the killings as head of a cell of the Zetas drug gang.

They allegedly killed 72 migrants last August and 193 people months later in Tamaulipas state.

The 34-year-old was born in Mexico and grew up in the U.S. He was deported to Mexico in 2009.