The Rio Grande Sniper Killings: Caught in the Sights of a Drug Conspiracy

Publishing 4/3/2023
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On the night of July 13, 1980, a hitman fired a high-powered rifle into the crowd at Pepe’s On the River, an outdoor bar in Mission, Texas. He missed his target, a witness in the Loop 360 drug case, but killed two innocent young bystanders. While state court prosecutions for capital murder inexplicably faltered, a federal court gave the assassin a life sentence for attempted murder of a grand jury witness. A member of the judge’s staff, author John W. Primomo, was present throughout the trial. Looking back with the perspective of his own judicial career, he untangles the complex conspiracy that led to the tragic deaths of Charlotte Kay Elliott and Kevin Edwin Frase on the banks of the Rio Grande.
ISBN: 9781467153430
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Texas
Series: True Crime
Images: 32
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
John W. Primomo served twenty-nine years as a U.S. magistrate judge for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio. He previously authored two books: The Appomattox Generals: The Parallel Lives of Joshua L. Chamberlain, U.S.A., and John B. Gordon, CSA, Commanders at the Surrender Ceremony of April 12, 1865 (2013) and Architect of Death at Auschwitz: A Biography of Rudolf Höss (2020). For thirty-plus years, he has volunteered with Camp Discovery, a summer camp in south Texas for children with cancer. He is also the president of the nonprofit corporation that operates Camp Discovery and several other camps for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families throughout the year.
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