Within days, state officials detained two men, one of whom was soon released. The other suspect, Genaro Vázquez Durán, was convicted and sentenced in March 2009 to 38 years in prison. Federal authorities said Vázquez matched a description provided by witnesses and possessed illegal weapons of the type used in the murder. Vázquez’s lawyer told reporters that he would appeal.
human rights groups and journalists have expressed concern that no clear motive
was established, that witnesses implicating Vázquez were not credible, and that
some witnesses could not be placed at the crime scene. One witness, Salvador
Cabrera, told an
The Guerrero state attorney general’s office and the federal special prosecutor for crimes against journalists did not respond to CPJ’s requests for comment.
death occurred as rival drug cartels were battling for turf and engaging in
waves of execution-style killings in and around