Hearing for trucker in deadly smuggling operation canceled

SAN ANTONIO –  A scheduled detention hearing for a truck driver charged in the deaths of 10 immigrants found inside his sweltering tractor-trailer in San Antonio has been canceled.

Federal court records show the hearing for James Matthew Bradley Jr. that was originally set for Thursday was waived and a new hearing was set for Aug. 23, when Bradley is expected to a give video deposition.

Bradley, 60, of Clearwater, Florida, faces charges of illegally transporting immigrants for financial gain, resulting in death. Authorities allege he drove a trailer full of immigrants from South Texas that was discovered in the parking lot of a Walmart in San Antonio early Sunday morning. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

At least 29 immigrants survived the failed smuggling attempt, according to U.S. officials. Twelve remained hospitalized Wednesday in San Antonio.

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