Murder Charges Sought for Couple Smuggling Immigrants in U-Haul

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The Pinal County Sheriff's Office is seeking murder charges against two Phoenix residents accused of smuggling immigrants in a U-Haul truck in which the temperature reached nearly 180 degrees, resulting in the death of one person and the hospitalization of many others.

Deputies arrested Nathan Lamb, 25, and his girlfriend, Elizabeth Kay, 25, in connection with the death.

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On Sunday, deputies responded to a call near the Bowlins Travel Center near Interstate 10 and Picacho Peak from someone who said they saw several people fall out of the truck after it had parked and the driver opened the back door.

The Sheriff's Office believes there were as many as 20 people crammed in the truck. Emergency responders treated many in the group for dehydration, fatigue, and heatstroke, which caused vomiting, loss of bowel control, and unconsciousness.

Temperatures inside the U-Haul are thought to have reached almost 180 degrees.

Two people were airlifted to hospitals, and ambulances carried six others to local hospitals. Early this morning, deputies learned that one of the people died while on life support.

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The article says those suspects are each 25 years old.  The photos say something different. 

Carlos Andrés
Carlos Andrés

Are they still considered "coyotes"???...This just goes to show that there is money to be made doing this and, its not just "Mexicans/Hispanics" Doing it...Stereotyping" needs to stop here. Save all the hate messages because I'm not even going to dignify your idiotic comments...

robert_graham topcommenter

There should be no charges as the illegals' knew it would be hot when they got into the back of that UHaul.  Did they think it would be 68 degrees instead of 110?

valleynative topcommenter

I expect them to try to use the "how were we supposed to know it could get hot enough to kill somebody?" defense, since I'm sure their lawyers will recognize how stupid they look, but the fact that they admit to having heard banging but were afraid to stop shows that they didn't care about their victims' safety.

danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  "did they think it would be 68 instead of 110?" no they didnt, but the same question in reverse would apply to the drivers..........did they think it would get cooler in the back (especially when packed with human beings)? same answer.......NO. ergo they knew the risks also and should be held accountable

danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  thats actually a pretty stupid reply that you should think about. if we apply that logic to the law it affects a bigger group than you think. a lot of people get put away on negligent homicide (which i believe this would be a slam dunk case of). if we stop arresting people for stuff like that we are in a way condoning murder. the loss of a life whether intentional or not is still the loss of a life. cops have died because of unintentional acts, kids have died because of unintentional acts, and if you research your family history..........i am sure you will find at least one or two who died of unintentional acts. if someone is involved in illegal activity and a loss of life occurs that can change the whole level of charges. a DUI is wrong and is just a DUI unless someone is killed, then it becomes vehicular homicide (and rightly so). this couple not only broke the law, their crime resulted in a loss of life, ergo they both need to be charged for that loss of life (whether or not that charge sticks is up to the justice system). when i make this next comment, it is not being snarky or insulting, but meant as an informative push for you "read up on different crimes and who can be charged with murder or accessory to murder when a death results from that crime. very easy to find and very informative info that may help you"


@John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt  Who are the people who think the border doesn't have to be policed?  Links, please.  No one I know.  It's certainly not the policy of the Democratic Party, if that's what you're implying.

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