El Marro’s parents are released from prison; their lawyer is then killed by gunmen

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José Antonio Yépez Ortiz (“El Marro”)
Rodolfo and Maria Eva, the parents of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel (CSRL) leader José Antonio Yépez Ortiz (“El Marro”), were released from prison over the weekend. One of the family’s attorneys confirmed to the press that several of El Marro’s relatives, including his brother, fled to the United States to avoid persecution from the Mexican government.
El Marro’s father was arrested in Celaya on March 6 for driving a stolen vehicle, as reported by Borderland Beat. At the time of his arrest, the Mexican government confirmed that there was an ongoing investigation against him and that they were looking to press “more charges”.
However, he paid a MXN$10,000 fine and was released from prison on Friday, June 26. His lawyer explained to the judge that El Marro’s father was over 60 years old and had high chances of getting sick of COVID-19. The judge allowed him to be on house arrest in San Miguel Octopan (Celaya Municipality). His trial is still pending. 

The case against El Marro’s mother was dropped on June 27 after her legal team was able to prove that there were “irregularities” in her arrest, particularly in the discrepancies found in the warrant documents. Her legal team said that the addressed in the warrant document were different than address she was in when she was arrested. Moreover, the reported times of capture were different than the ones the prosecution presented to the judge.
Judge Paulina Irais Medina Manzano said that the charges linking El Marro’s mother and four of other suspected CSRL members to a drug investigation were inconclusive and ordered their release. Since her arrest, El Marro’s mother complained that she was subject to psychological torture.
El Marro’s mother, Maria Eva, was released from prison on Saturday

El Marro’s mother was arrested on June 20 in the San Isidro de Elguera (Celaya Municipality), as reported by Borderland Beat. Authorities said she was in possession of 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of methamphetamine and MXN$2 million in cash. To prevent her capture, people linked to the CSRL burned vehicles to block roads and attacked multiple businesses across the city. 26 people were arrested for the attacks, but they were released after approximately 48 hours due to lack of evidence.
Upon leaving the prison, four Silao Municipal Police officers temporarily detained El Marro’s mother at a checkpoint near the penitentiary. In an ambush attack, suspected members of the CSRL killed three of them. El Marro reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack and blamed the police officers of working for the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), a rival criminal group that competes with the CSLR for control of Guanajuato.
Lawyer’s murder
In an unexpected turn of events, one of the lawyer of El Marro’s mother was killed by gunmen in Irapuato. The attack occurred on the evening of Sunday, June 28. According to Guanajuato investigators, the legal team of El Marro’s family was traveling through the Irapuato-León highway when unknown assailants attacked them.
Their attorneys lost control of their vehicle during the attack; one of them was shot in the head and killed
The attorneys lost control of their Volkswagen Jetta and it overturned. One of them was shot in the head and died before authorities arrived at the scene. Their identities were not available by press time.

Sources: Excelsior; La Jornada; El Jornada (2); La Jornada (3)El Milenio; Periodico AM; SinEmbargo; Sipse; El Universal

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