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Gunmen Kill Prosecutor In Assassination

Tue., Aug. 20, 1996, midnight

Gunmen killed one of the first federal prosecutors to interrogate the man who assassinated Mexico’s leading presidential candidate in 1994, raising more questions Monday about the still-unresolved case.

The body of Jesus Romero Magana, 48, was found Sunday at the front door of his house, state police Cmdr. Antonio Torres Miranda said.

Romero was hit by 14 bullets from at least two weapons, apparently late Saturday night, Mexico City newspapers reported Monday.

There were no signs of a struggle, leading police to think Romero knew his killers. No arrests were reported, and police have not disclosed any possible motive.

Romero was the fourth senior federal law enforcement official from Baja California state to be shot to death this year. He had served as the attorney general’s liaison between federal and state law enforcement agencies in the northwest Mexican state.

Romero’s murder was expected to fuel conspiracy theories about the March 1994 killing of Luis Donaldo Colosio, presidential candidate of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party.

Many suspect that Colosio was the victim of a conspiracy within the PRI. The party has been torn in recent years between reformers and hard-liners who want to maintain power at any price.

Romero interrogated the confessed gunman, Mario Aburto Martinez, shortly after Colosio’s shooting at a Tijuana campaign rally.

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