Details emerge in Ariz. rancher’s slaying near border.

When authorities found slain rancher Robert Krentz this spring, he…

When authorities found slain rancher Robert Krentz this spring, he was lying next to his all-terrain vehicle, his wounded dog Blue in the back.
The ATV was still running, and Blue, who was shot during the attack on Krentz, was still trying to defend him, according to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office’s homicide investigative file.

The file sheds no new light on what happened to Krentz, who was killed March 27 as he worked on his ranch in southern Arizona, near the Chiricahua Mountains. The file was released in response to a public records request by The Arizona Republic, as well as a letter by the paper’s lawyer, demanding that the office make the public documents available for inspection.

The file was heavily redacted, with all details about evidence blacked out. But it does offer a more detailed timeline of events that day.

According to the file, Krentz radioed his brother around 10 a.m. to say that he was with an immigrant who needed help. That was the last time anyone heard from the 58-year-old cowboy.

At 6:45 p.m., his wife phoned authorities, who began a search. Krentz’s body was spotted by a Department of Public Safety helicopter shortly before midnight.

Though authorities made no arrests and have no suspects, Krentz’s slaying was instantly attributed to drug smugglers, and his death became Exhibit A in a nationwide political furor over border violence and security.

Repercussions were felt almost immediately from Phoenix, where lawmakers approved a controversial new immigration bill, to Washington, D.C., where politicians cited the slaying in their calls for increased border security.

By Dennis Wagner for USA Today.

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  • John Doe

    As a veteran of 3 combat tours and a current Officer in the US Army, I’m deeply sickened by this story. Our nation has seen fit to send our troops across the globe to fight and die in a foreign land, while our citizens at home are under siege. I damn sure would rather have my unit deployed to patrol our borders…Anything to prevent something like this from ever happening again.

    I’m no fan of our current Commander in Chief, but blame really does not rest fully on him or his policies. The Posse Comitatus Act prevents the military from doing what needs to be done. Congress needs to authorize the deployment of troops to defend our borders, so write your representative and demand action. No more half-assed measures…If we’re serious about the so called “war on drugs”, deploy 2-3 Battalions and get the job done right. I’m sure the ACLU and human rights groups will be screaming foul. Let them! The sheer ignorance of it all is just incredible. As far as I’m concerned crossing the border illegally is nothing less than an invasion. Regardless of their reasons, they’re committing a criminal act and should have no rights. I’m an American and the protection of our citizens comes first.

  • Obama’s RESPONSE has been to libel Arizona Voters and elected officials and to make the National Parks near the border NO MANs LAND..for Americans. He has abandoned these areas saturated by drug runners, jihadists and other terror elements and made them a sanctuary for illegal activity. Consider the irony when one remembers the fight CHL holders had to get their 2ND Amendment rights expanded to the the Feds abandon our National Parks to chaos. Obama diddles the Border Burns. Borders, Language, Culture…make a Nation…we have forgotten this fact.