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Mexican judge who handled Chapo Guzman drug case gunned down

The assassination was captured on security camera video clearly showing the moment when the killer approached the judge and shot him at point-blank range in the head.
18 Oct 2016 – 02:14 PM EDT
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A federal judge who presided over appeals from high-profile drug lords in Mexico was killed by an assassin who ran up behind him and shot him in the head in broad daylight as he was jogging in the street near his home.

The Attorney General's Office (PGR) said it was investigating the murder on Monday of Vicente Antonio Bermudez Zacharias, 37, a judge based in Toluca.

Local media broadcast a security camera video clearly showing the moment when the killer approached the judge and shot him at point-blank range in the head. Bermudez fell to the ground as his assailant ran off.

Bermudez served as a judge overseeing legal challenges and federal trials in the state of Mexico just outside the capital, where Mexico's maximum security Altiplano prison is located.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto denounced the killing in a televised speech on Monday and the Supreme Court of Justice also condemned the crime while calling on authorities ensure the "security and peace" necessary for judges to carry out their work independently.

The Governor of the State of Mexico, Eruviel Avila, offered his full support to investigate the crime and bring those responsible to justice.

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