Guzman lieutenant says he wants trial in Chicago

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Associated Press

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 7:34 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 7 at 4:03 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — A reputed lieutenant of recently captured drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman who was expected to plead guilty to federal trafficking charges has changed his mind.

Alfredo Vasquez Hernandez had been scheduled to enter a guilty plea Friday in federal court in Chicago.

But his attorney, Paul Brayman, told a judge Hernandez wants to go to trial.

Brayman says Hernandez changed his mind after a television news report last week. Brayman says the report claimed Hernandez planned to cooperate with prosecutors in their case against Guzman.

Brayman tells reporters the story sparked rumors in Mexico that Hernandez had "turned against Guzman." Brayman insists that is not true but says Hernandez fears for the lives of his wife and children in Mexico.

The trial is scheduled for May 12.

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