Mexico charges vigilante leader with murder

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Updated: Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:14:16 EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities have filed murder charges against one of the main leaders of the civilian armed movement that formed to kick a drug cartel out of Michoacan state, charging him with involvement in the killing of two members of a rival vigilante group.

Michoacan state prosecutor Jose Martin Godoy says investigators have found enough evidence to link Hipolito Mora to the killings of two men whose bodies were discovered in the back of a burned pickup truck over the weekend.

Godoy said Thursday that his office also has gathered 35 complaints from the community accusing Mora of stealing and kidnapping.

Mora was one of the founders of the vigilante movement that began in February 2013. He had become the public face of the "self-defense" crusade, appearing in dozens of interviews.

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