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Arizona rancher held on $1M bond in border killing

Border Killing
Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office
This photo provided by the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office in Nogales, Arizona, shows rancher George Alan Kelly, 73, who is being held on $1 million bond in the fatal shooting last week of a man tentatively identified as a Mexican man on his property. Kelly faces a charge of first-degree murder. Authorities have not released a motive in the case and it was unknown if the men previously knew each other. (Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office via AP)

A rancher who lives near Arizona’s border with Mexico is being held on a charge of first-degree murder in last week’s fatal shooting of a man tentatively identified as a Mexican citizen.

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s office in Nogales, Arizona, confirmed Monday that 73-year-old Gary Alan Kelly was arrested last week in the killing of a man who lived just south of the border in Nogales, Mexico.

Authorities believe the victim is Gabriel Cuen-Butimea.

They say the killing occurred Jan. 30, 2022, in the Kino Springs area just outside Nogales, Arizona, where public records list Kelly’s ranch address.