Smuggler shot by Border Patrol agents denied bond

Staff Report

The Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A federal judge in El Paso says an admitted drug smuggler shot by two Border Patrol agents must remain in custody until his trial in smuggling charges.

Osvaldo Aldrete Davila, who was shot in 2005 while fleeing from now-former agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean, was indicted earlier this year.

Aldrete is facing drug smuggling charges related to two smuggling attempts about six months after he was shot.

The agents were convicted last year of shooting him and trying to cover up the incident. Both ex-lawmen are serving more than a decade in federal prison.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard Mesa denied bond on Monday.

Aldrete has pleaded not guilty.