With Two Border Militia Members Convicted of Murder, Trial Begins for Third Alleged Killer

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Jury selection is underway in the last of three prosecutions for the 2009 murders of 9-year-old Brisenia Flores and her father, Raul, in their Arizona home.

Minuteman leader Shawna Forde and her colleague Jason Bush have already been sentenced to death for the killings. Albert Gaxiola, whose trial is expected to begin next week, also faces the death penalty.

Gaxiola is alleged to have helped the members of Minuteman American Defense scout the Flores’ home and witnesses say he participated in the home invasion that left two members of the family dead and another seriously wounded.

Gaxiola is said to have been motivated by financial, rather than political, considerations. Unlike Forde and Bush, he is not believed to have links to high-level members of the anti-immigrant movement.

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.

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