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Trial Begins in Spillover Violence Case

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Posted: Dec 4, 2012 12:03 PM

Updated: Dec 4, 2012 12:24 PM

EDINBURG - The trial is under way for a man accused of taking part in a kidnapping plot that ended in a shootout with sheriff's deputies.

The crimes happened in 2011. Prosecutors said the Gulf Cartel hired Jose Luis Alvarez to recover a lost drug load. Alvarez claims he was held at gunpoint and forced to comply.

Today's trial included dash-cam video of the shooting. It shows a deputy shot several times in the chest. That deputy has since recovered from the shooting. The Hidalgo County sheriff called the shooting the first official recorded case of spillover violence.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS has a crew at the trial getting the very latest details.

Topics: Edinburg, deputy shooting, jose luis Alvarez, trial

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