The El Paso Times is reporting the suspect in the Juarez car bombing had been charged in the 2009 slaying of a U.S. airman, then released.
According to the newspaper, Mexican police say the car bomb was detonated in retaliation for the arrest of 35-year-old Jesus Armando Acosta Guerrero, a top-level cartel member.
Authorities say Acosta Guerrero admitted to taking part in the November shooting of U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant David Booher of Holloman Air Force Base. The shooting took place at the Amadeus strip club.
The El Paso Times says it’s unclear why he was released. Four men were arrested for the killings, according to ABC-7’s archives.