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Report: 3 arrested in killing of drug cartel lawyer in Texas

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McALLEN, Texas - Three men were in jail Monday in connection with the May 2013 fatal shooting of a Mexican drug cartel attorney in southern Texas, reports the Star-Telegram.

Jesus Gerardo Ledezma-Cepeda, 58, was arrested by FBI agents on Friday in McAllen, according to the paper. Court records show he was indicted on July 9 by a federal grand jury on a charge of interstate stalking. He is accused of traveling from Mexico to Southlake with the intent to kill Juan Jesus Guerrero-Chapa.

Two other men were also arrested in the case, the paper reports. A man identified by The Monitor as 58-year-old Jose Luis Cepeda-Cortes was in federal court in McAllen with Ledezma-Cepeda on Monday. Both men waived their rights to preliminary hearings.

NBC5 reported that law enforcement sources identified the third suspect as Jesus Gerardo Ledezma-Campano, the son of Ledezma-Cepeda. All three men were in Hidalgo County Jail on Monday, according to The Monitor.

The victim had finished shopping with his wife in Southlake on May 22, 2013, when he was gunned down by his car. The Star-Telegram reports the gunman stepped out of a white SUV and fired several rounds at Guerrero. The incident was captured on surveillance cameras.

Guerrero was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. He had been shot 10 times and cocaine was found in his system.

The indictment states Ledezma-Cepeda worked with others to commit the crime, but does not identify them. It is unclear if the suspect is thought to be the gunman or one of the men in the SUV.

Police would not confirm media reports that Guerrero had ties to the Mexican cartel, according to the paper. However, Southlake Police Chief Stephen Mylett assured residents that the shooting was not believed to be random.

"This was done by an organization with a specific target," Mylett previously told reporters. "There is no continual threat here."