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Suspect pleads not guilty in human smuggling case that left 10 dead

Man accused of harboring undocumented immigrants at Laredo safe house

Photo courtesy: AP Photo/Eric Gay
Photo courtesy: AP Photo/Eric Gay

SAN ANTONIO – One of the two men charged in the human-smuggling incident in July that left 10 people dead has pleaded not guilty.

Pedro Silva Segura is accused of harboring undocumented immigrants at a Laredo safe house.

The 47-year-old’s lawyer on Friday waived his right to appear in court and entered Segura’s plea.

Officers discovered 39 undocumented immigrants in and around a tractor-trailer at a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio on July 23. Eight people were dead at the scene and two others died later.

The driver of the truck, James Matthew Bradley, pleaded guilty to smuggling charges earlier this month.