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Mayor Accused of Killing Opponent

September 29, 2004|From Times Wire Reports

A small-town mayor in Mexico shot to death an opposition party candidate for his job, the Oaxaca state attorney general's office said. Mayor Candido Palacios fled after the shooting in San Jose Estancia Grande and was still being sought.

Attorney Guadalupe Avila Salinas, the left-leaning Democratic Revolution Party's candidate in Sunday's election, had threatened to audit the books of Palacio's administration, accusing him of misusing city funds.

Witnesses said Avila was making a campaign appearance at a clinic when she was shot four times.

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