Judge Presiding ‘El Chapo’ Trial Assassinated Right Outside His House

The surveillance footage shows an unidentified assassin running up to Judge Vicente Antonio Bermúdez Zacarías and gunning him down in broad daylight.

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The Mexican federal judge who reportedly presided over the extradition case of infamous drug kingpin, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was assassinated while jogging outside his home near Mexico City.

Vicente Antonio Bermúdez Zacarías, a 37-years-old district court magistrate for appeals and civil judgments in the city of Toluca, had presided over several high-profile drug cases. However, his most recent legal challenge, filed by the convicted leader of Sinaloa Cartel, sought to prevent El Chapo’s extradition to the United States where he faces a litany of charges including drug-trafficking, money-laundering, weapons and murder charges.

The surveillance footage of the assassination, posted above, shows a man running up behind Zacarías in broad daylight and shooting him in the head. The judge died later in the day.

The authorities have not yet identified the killer.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, along with several other government officials, condemned the brutal incident and ordered the attorney general to lead the murder investigation.

El Chapo is currently being held in a maximum-security federal prison on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, which borders El Paso, Texas. He was transferred there from a facility in Altiplano near Mexico City.

In 2001, Guzman made headlines after breaking out of a Mexican prison. He spent more than a decade on the run and became one of the world’s most wanted outlaws before his recapture in 2014.

Last year, he staged another elaborate prison break, this time through a mile-long tunnel dug to the shower of his cell at Altiplano. Mexican federal agents caught him earlier this year in Los Mochis, Sinaloa. During his second escape, Guzman secretly sat down with activist and actor Sean Penn for a Rolling Stone piece titled "El Chapo Speaks."

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