Sunday, June 14, 2009
Three people have been arrested for a southern Arizona home invasion that left a 9 year girl and her father dead. The trio have ties to Minutemen American Defense, a small border watch group based in Washington state.
Jason Eugene Bush, 34, Shawna Forde, 41, and Albert Robert Gaxiola, 42, have been charged with two counts each of first-degree murder and other charges, said Sheriff Clarence Dupnik of Pima County, AZ..
The three allegedly dressed as law enforcement officers and forced their way into a home about 10 miles north of the Mexican border in the rural town of Arivaca on May 30, wounding a woman and fatally shooting her husband and their 9-year-old daughter.
Forde is the leader of Minutemen American Defense, a small border watch group, and Bush, who goes by the nickname “Gunny” and is its operations director, according to the group’s Web site. Forde is from Everett, WA,and has recently been living in Arizona and was once associated with the better known and larger Minuteman Civil Defense Corps.