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July 8, 1995 | From Reuters
Two men who have been in jail for more than a year on charges of taking part in the March, 1994, assassination of Mexican presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio were cleared of the charges Friday, the government news agency Notimex reported. A judge ordered the immediate release of Vicente Mayoral Valenzuela and his son, Rodolfo Mayoral Esquer, for lack of evidence, Notimex said. Government officials said prosecutors are sure to appeal the verdict.
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December 3, 1996 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After failing to resolve two of the highest-profile murder cases in Mexico's history, Atty. Gen. Antonio Lozano Gracia was fired Monday by President Ernesto Zedillo, who then named the chairman of the National Human Rights Commission to the country's top law enforcement job.
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NEWS
August 28, 1996 | MARY BETH SHERIDAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A top official said Tuesday that the recent assassination of a Tijuana prosecutor appeared to be linked to disgruntled police who were fired in an anti-corruption purge--not to a possible conspiracy that claimed the life of a presidential candidate. Prosecutor Jesus Romero Magana was fatally shot outside his home in Tijuana on Aug. 17. No one has been charged.
NEWS
August 28, 1996 | MARY BETH SHERIDAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A top official said Tuesday that the recent assassination of a Tijuana prosecutor appeared to be linked to disgruntled police who were fired in an anti-corruption purge--not to a possible conspiracy that claimed the life of a presidential candidate. Prosecutor Jesus Romero Magana was fatally shot outside his home in Tijuana on Aug. 17. No one has been charged.
NEWS
August 9, 1996 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As he stepped through the gate of the maximum-security prison for the first time in 18 months, a jubilant Othon Cortes Vazquez thanked President Ernesto Zedillo and declared: "We live in a nation of laws, a nation where justice exists." But on the morning after Cortes' acquittal on charges that he fired the second bullet that killed presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio two years ago at a Tijuana campaign rally, Colosio's friends, relatives and ruling-party colleagues disagreed.
NEWS
February 25, 1995 | MARK FINEMAN and SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Confirming nearly a year of conspiracy theories and public disbelief, Mexico's top prosecutor announced late Friday that an exhaustive investigation shows that two gunmen killed the ruling party's presidential candidate, Luis Donaldo Colosio, last March--not one, as the government has insisted. Citing a two-month investigation that included a re-creation of the Tijuana crime scene Thursday and the arrest Friday of the second suspect, Atty. Gen.
NEWS
February 26, 1995 | MARK FINEMAN and SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Othon Cortes Vazquez was, by all accounts, a low-ranking ruling party insider--a chauffeur for local party bosses, a street-level party operative, security guard and fixture among police officers and journalists in the border town of Tijuana. Eleven months ago, Cortes was videotaped and photographed inches away from the presidential candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party just seconds before two bullets ripped into Luis Donaldo Colosio's head and abdomen at a Tijuana campaign rally.
NEWS
March 2, 1995 | MARK FINEMAN and SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Almost six years ago, Luis Donaldo Colosio appeared on television screens throughout Baja California and stunned the state. Colosio, then the 40-year-old leader of Mexico's authoritarian, long-ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), took an unprecedented step: He conceded that his party had lost the gubernatorial race in Baja, handing the opposition its first statewide victory in modern Mexican history.
NEWS
March 29, 1995 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The army general who was responsible for protecting ruling party presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio is now a prime suspect in his assassination, sources close to the investigation say. Brig. Gen. Domiro Garcia Reyes headed Colosio's security team for the elite Estado Mayor Presidencial, an outfit that holds a role similar to that of the U.S. Secret Service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1995
Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo showed courage, and even daring, in allowing his new attorney general, Antonio Lozano, to reopen the investigation into last year's assassination of presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio. And now that an alleged second gunman in the Colosio murder has been arrested, there can be no turning back. The killing of Colosio stunned Mexico much as the assassinations of the Kennedy brothers and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. did the United States in the 1960s.
NEWS
August 9, 1996 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As he stepped through the gate of the maximum-security prison for the first time in 18 months, a jubilant Othon Cortes Vazquez thanked President Ernesto Zedillo and declared: "We live in a nation of laws, a nation where justice exists." But on the morning after Cortes' acquittal on charges that he fired the second bullet that killed presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio two years ago at a Tijuana campaign rally, Colosio's friends, relatives and ruling-party colleagues disagreed.
NEWS
October 21, 1995 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The unsolved assassination of Mexican presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio has become a labyrinth of intrigue and suspicion in which solid evidence remains painfully scarce. Therefore, recent revelations--a letter written by Mexico's president and comments by the governor of Baja--have set off a furor among journalists and politicians, the social forces driving the case in the absence of progress by investigators.
NEWS
July 8, 1995 | From Reuters
Two men who have been in jail for more than a year on charges of taking part in the March, 1994, assassination of Mexican presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio were cleared of the charges Friday, the government news agency Notimex reported. A judge ordered the immediate release of Vicente Mayoral Valenzuela and his son, Rodolfo Mayoral Esquer, for lack of evidence, Notimex said. Government officials said prosecutors are sure to appeal the verdict.
NEWS
April 15, 1995 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The government's contention that ruling party presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio was killed as part of a conspiracy suffered a serious blow Friday after a federal judge found a key suspect innocent. Tranquilino Sanchez was released after more than a year in a maximum-security prison near the capital after a judge ruled that he had played no role in the March 23, 1994, killing.
NEWS
April 13, 1995 | Times Staff Writer
The lawyer for the accused second gunman in the assassination of Mexican presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio died in a car accident near Tijuana on Wednesday. Police said there were no signs of foul play. But the death of Aron Juarez Jimenez, a prominent Tijuana attorney and former top federal prosecutor, was another strange twist in the assassination case, raising new suspicions of a cover-up.
NEWS
March 29, 1995 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The army general who was responsible for protecting ruling party presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio is now a prime suspect in his assassination, sources close to the investigation say. Brig. Gen. Domiro Garcia Reyes headed Colosio's security team for the elite Estado Mayor Presidencial, an outfit that holds a role similar to that of the U.S. Secret Service.
NEWS
April 15, 1995 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The government's contention that ruling party presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio was killed as part of a conspiracy suffered a serious blow Friday after a federal judge found a key suspect innocent. Tranquilino Sanchez was released after more than a year in a maximum-security prison near the capital after a judge ruled that he had played no role in the March 23, 1994, killing.
NEWS
April 13, 1995 | Times Staff Writer
The lawyer for the accused second gunman in the assassination of Mexican presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio died in a car accident near Tijuana on Wednesday. Police said there were no signs of foul play. But the death of Aron Juarez Jimenez, a prominent Tijuana attorney and former top federal prosecutor, was another strange twist in the assassination case, raising new suspicions of a cover-up.
NEWS
March 2, 1995 | MARK FINEMAN and SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Almost six years ago, Luis Donaldo Colosio appeared on television screens throughout Baja California and stunned the state. Colosio, then the 40-year-old leader of Mexico's authoritarian, long-ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), took an unprecedented step: He conceded that his party had lost the gubernatorial race in Baja, handing the opposition its first statewide victory in modern Mexican history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1995
Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo showed courage, and even daring, in allowing his new attorney general, Antonio Lozano, to reopen the investigation into last year's assassination of presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio. And now that an alleged second gunman in the Colosio murder has been arrested, there can be no turning back. The killing of Colosio stunned Mexico much as the assassinations of the Kennedy brothers and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. did the United States in the 1960s.
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