Mexico detains vigilante leader in 2 killings

Associated Press
FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2014 file photo, Hipolito Mora, leader of a self-defense movement, wears a bullet proof vest as he stands at the entrance of Apatzingan, in the Michoacan state of Mexico. Self-defense groups in western Mexico are beginning to see internal divisions, amid mutual accusations between Mora and another emerging leader, Luis Antonio Torres, better known as "El Americano," who has accused Mora of being involved in the murder of a member of their vigilantes during the weekend. Mora, meanwhile, rejects the accusations and says that "El Americano" has been infiltrated by former members of the “Caballeros Templarios” drug cartel. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)
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FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2014 file photo, Hipolito Mora, leader of a self-defense movement, wears a bullet …

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in western Mexico say they have detained a leader of a civilian "self-defense" group for allegedly participating in the killings of two men.

Michoacan state prosecutors say Hipolito Mora was detained Tuesday after witnesses told investigators that he and other members of his group took part in the killings over the weekend in the town of Buenavista.

Prosecutors say in a statement that the victims were found Saturday and their bodies had been set ablaze.

The federal government's envoy for Michoacan, Alfredo Castillo, says prosecutors have 48 hours to charge Mora or release him.

Mora was one of the founders of the vigilante movement that arose a year ago after he and fellow residents wearied of a drug cartel's demands for protection payments.

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