The judge presiding over Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman‘s case was shot in head while jogging near his home.
NY Daily News reports:
Judge Vicente Bermudez Zacarias, 37, was shot at close range as he exited his home in Metepec, which is located about 43 miles outside of Mexico City, officials confirmed.
He was rushed to a nearby hospital in an ambulance but could not be saved, local media reported.
Bermudez had handled several legal appeals from lawyers for “El Chapo,” the jailed leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.
He has also handled legal appeals from lawyers working for Miguel Trevino, who had ties to the Zetas cartel.
Reports say that Zacarias is the judge who suspended El Chapo’s extradition. It should also be noted that there is no proof linking this murder to El Chapo himself. Authorities have yet to name a motive for the killing