Alleged Teen Assassin Charged with Murder

By Michael Gehlken
|  Thursday, Feb 10, 2011  |  Updated 12:16 PM PDT
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Alleged Teen Assassin Charged with Murder

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A San Diego-born teenager accused of killing for a drug cartel was charged with murder Wednesday in Mexico.

The 14-year-old alleged assassin, nicknamed “El Ponchis,” could spend as many as three years in a juvenile detention for charges of homicide, drug possession, participation in organized, and carrying a firearm reserved for the Mexico’s armed forces, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

El Ponchis is accused of beheading four people in Mexico. He was arrested Dec. 3 at an airport south of Mexico City. He admitted to participating in four executions for the Cartel of the South Pacific and said he was drugged and told the drug cartel would kill him if he refused to participate.

It is unknown whether his confession will be admissible in court.

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