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Cartel defense lawyer shot dead

August 10, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A Mexican lawyer known for defending high-profile drug-trafficking suspects was shot to death at a street market in the northern city of Monterrey.

A Monterrey police official who was not authorized to be quoted by name said lawyer Silvia Raquenel Villanueva was killed by gunfire.

Nobody else was hurt in the shooting at the normally crowded Pulga Rio market, suggesting an execution-style attack. The official said there was no immediate information on the possible motive or identity of the killers.

Villanueva defended a number of high-profile drug suspects, including Carlos Resendez Bertolucci, a key foot soldier for the Gulf cocaine cartel who testified for the prosecution and helped convict cartel kingpin Juan Garcia Abrego of drug trafficking in the 1990s.

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