Texas-Based Cartel Lawyer Turned Informant Knew He Would Be Killed, Court Docs Show

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Court documents released Tuesday show that a Texas-based cartel lawyer knew he would be murdered for operating as a federal government informant.

Juan Jesus Guerrero Chapa was murdered by cartel hitmen – known as sicarios – in the wealthy Dallas-Fortworth suburb of Southlake, Texas. Guerrero was gunned down as he got into the passenger seat of his Range Rover and his wife – who was not shot – was putting some bags into the car according to The Dallas Morning News.

Documents submitted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua T. Burgess – who is trying Guerrero’s alleged killers – prove that Guerrero knew trouble was coming his way shortly before he was killed. According to Burgess, Guerrero was getting calls from “others.” Guerrero reportedly “needed to be on his guard,” according to The Dallas Morning News.

Burgess wants evidence regarding the phone calls to be admissible so as to demonstrate to jurors just how much fear Guerrero lived in. The murdered lawyer – who was shot at point-blank range – told his wife to “stop using the cell phones they had.”

Upon receiving calls from people warning him of the danger he was in, Guerrero “informed his wife he was scared,” according to Burgess’ documents. The warning specifically stated that those that wanted to kill Guerrero knew where he lived.

The mob lawyer was gunned down on May 22, 2013. Three Mexicans have been charged with murdering the counselor and will go to trial April 25.

Guerrero was the personal lawyer to Gulf Cartel chief Osiel Cardenas Guillen who is serving a 25 year sentence behind bars. The Gulf Cartel is one of the top cartels in Mexico other than the Sinaloa Cartel and new mega cartel, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

Hitmen for Los Zetas cartel murdered the attorney on behalf of the Beltran Leyva cartel. Los Zetas used to be the enforcement wing of the Gulf Cartel until feuding led to the Zetas forming their own organization.

Zetas conducted the hit job on Guerrero because Southlake is a part of Texas where they are considered to be the dominant cartel. Guerrero was stalked by his murderers for two years before they actually killed him.

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