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Texas man cleared in fatal shooting of illegal immigrants

July 1, 2008 |  9:55 am

Joe Horn, who shot two men he suspected had burgled his neighbor's house in Pasadena, Texas, was cleared by a grand jury on Monday, writes the L.A. Times' Miguel Bustillo.

The two men, Diego Ortiz, 30, and Hernando Riascos Torres, 38, were illegal immigrants from Colombia, and the case has stirred a national debate over whether Horn was a vigilante or a hero.

"The incident in Pasadena, a city of about 140,000 east of downtown Houston, outraged some activists, who staged protests in the neighborhood.

"They argued that if Horn -- who was not arrested -- were not white and his victims not dark-skinned, he would have been taken to jail immediately."

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