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Criminal complaints dropped against 22 material witnesses in human smuggling case

Witnesses will be turned over to immigration authorities for processing

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SAN ANTONIO – Criminal complaints against 22 material witnesses in the fatal human smuggling case in San Antonio have been dropped, federal officials said.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, depositions scheduled to be taken from the witnesses in the case against James Matthew Bradley have been cancelled.

Related: Human smuggling suspect James Bradley indicted by federal grand jury

Bradley, 60, is accused of transporting dozens of undocumented immigrants inside a tractor trailer that was discovered July 23 in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio. Police found 39 immigrants, including 10 who died.

Bradley has been indicted on five federal charges. He could face the death penalty if he's found guilty on one of the charges.

Related: Survivor in smuggling deaths shares harrowing details about truck, trip

He remains in federal custody and no trial date has been scheduled.

The witnesses will be turned over to immigration authorities for processing, officials said.


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