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Mexican Anti-Cartel Judge Fatally Shot Outside Home (Video)

| by Zach Cohen

Vincente Bermudez, the Mexican judge who oversaw appeals from Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was shot on Oct. 18 while jogging outside his home in Metepec (video below).

The shooting was captured by a surveillance camera and by cell phone video. 

The killer, dressed in dark clothing, can be seen approaching Bermudez from behind. The cell phone video was edited to remove the most graphic parts, but Bermudez can be seen falling to the ground. His body is then censored, and the shooter flees the scene. 

Another figure in a white shirt is seen changing directions to run with the shooter as he escapes. 

Local media reports that Bermudez was shot point-blank in the head, according to the Daily Mail. He died while being taken to the hospital. 

The judge was unaware the assassin was behind him until the bullet was fired 

Luis Maria Aguilar Morales, president of the Mexican Supreme Court, said that keeping judges safe is critical to their ability to do their job. "In an atmosphere of peace and security," he said, "judges can reflect on their decisions."

Bermudez heard cases in the Fifth Tribunal for appeals and civil judgments, which includes cases related to organized crime. 

He presided over cases brought by Guzman's lawyers who, in May, said that they would try to block the cartel leader's extradition to the U.S., reports The Telegraph. The reason is that he allegedly faces charges of drug trafficking, money laundering, and murder in California and Texas. 

One of Guzman's lawyers said that they would attempt to delay their client's extradition by filing legal challenges. When asked how many, Juan Pablo Badillo said, "Five, 10. Whatever is necessary."

Bermudez also presided over cases involving drug lord Miguel Trevino of the Zetas cartel. Trevino is currently incarcerated at Altiplano maximum security jail near Bermudez's home. 

Guzman​ was formerly held at Altiplano, according to the Daily Mail. He was transferred in May to Ciudad Juarez, just across the border from El Paso, Texas. Some speculate that the move was intended to make his eventual extradition easier, although no official reason for the transfer was given. 

Guzman​ has broken out of Mexican jails twice. Once in 2001, when he bribed his jailers to help him escape, and again in 2015, when his cartel members dug a mile-long tunnel that came up under the shower in his cell. 

His most recent capture came after authorities tracked him to a safehouse in Los Mochis. According to The Telegraph, he was arrested after meeting with actors Kate del Castillo and Sean Penn about making a movie about his life.

Warning: Video contains graphic content

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