Wife of slain rancher says friend's son to blame

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Associated Press

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 28 at 5:02 PM

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — The wife of a South Texas rancher slain in the Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo says a friend's son is among those charged by Mexican authorities.

Rosa Elva Rendon said Friday her husband, 75-year-old Pedro Rendon Garza, had coffee with a friend before visiting his ranch across the border in Nuevo Laredo on June 12.

Mexican authorities say 34-year-old Esteban Lugo Cruz, the friend's son, was waiting with two others. Rendon's wife says the Lugos were so trusted they had keys to the ranch.

Lugo's father has not been implicated. Authorities say Lugo admitted that he forced Rendon to record a message for a ransom before killing him. Police arrested Lugo and two others when they tried to collect.

Rendon had lived in Laredo since 1987.

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