Two Plead Not Guilty in Coast Guard Deathposted: 12/30/2012
U.S. attorney spokesman Thom Mrozek said the two Mexican nationals entered their pleas Dec. 21 to charges they killed a federal officer while he was on duty.
Jose Meija Leyva and Manuel Beltran Higuera were in a boat running without lights near the Channel Islands Dec. 2 when their vessel rammed the rigid inflatable boat carrying 34-year-old Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III and another officer.
After being knocked overboard, the 14-year Coast Guard veteran was reportedly struck in the head by a propeller and died.
Horne is survived by his wife and two sons.