Border Vigilante Who Killed 9-Year-Old: I'm Not Sorry

'I'm not sorry because I'm innocent,' says Shawna Forde

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 15, 2011 3:43 AM CST

(Newser) – The Arizona border vigilante convicted of killing an American dad and his 9-year-old daughter said that "people with children shouldn't deal drugs" when asked if she sympathizes with the mother of the murdered girl. Camouflage-clad Minutemen American Defense member Shawna Forde burst into the family's home with a gunman two years ago, according to cops. Forde called her murder conviction in an Arizona court yesterday "surreal," but told the Daily Beast she maintained her composure because "you can't freak out with the whole world watching you."

Raoul Flores and his daughter were fatally shot in the raid by the Minutemen hoping to grab cash and drugs they suspected were stashed here, according to investigators. The wounded mother survived the attack and testified against Forde. The 43-year-old beautician, who claims to have lost a child of her own, could get the death penalty. Forde, who once boasted she would "kick down doors and change America" through border vigilantism, has maintained she is innocent. “I wish I could say I was sorry it happened,” said Forde. “I am not sorry on my behalf because I didn’t do it.”

Defendant Shawna Forde  listens during opening arguments in her murder trial in Pima County Superior Court in Tucson, Ariz., last month.
Defendant Shawna Forde listens during opening arguments in her murder trial in Pima County Superior Court in Tucson, Ariz., last month.   (AP Photo/Greg Bryan, Pool)
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