Trial of alleged 'boy assassin' begins in Mexico

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Posted: Jul 18, 2011 11:10 PM
Trial of alleged 'boy assassin' begins in Mexico

A Mexican court has begun the trial of a 14-year-old U.S. citizen accused of working as a hitman for a drug cartel.

The defendant is identified only as Edgar. He was born in San Diego and raised in Mexico by a grandmother.

Proscutors say that after his December arrest the teenager confessed to killing four people whose decapitated bodies were found in Cuernavaca, south of Mexico City.

The trial that opened Monday is being held behind closed doors for security reasons.

The teen faces up to five years in prison if convicted of murder and other charges.

His arrest came at a time Mexico was talking about a YouTube video that appeared to show other Mexican adolescents posing with dead bodies and weapons.