May 31st, 2013
12:26 AM ET

Defense: Video proves woman's innocence

Yanira Maldonado remained in a Mexican jail after authorities accused her of smuggling marijuana under a bus seat. The Mormon mother of seven has maintained her innocence as media coverage of the case has spread throughout the United States.

On Thursday security camera video was shown inside the Mexican court where a judge will decide by Friday whether or not there is enough evidence to charge the U.S. citizen with drug trafficking.

CNN's Rafael Romo was one of a few journalists shown the security footage. As the couple boarded the bus they were "only carrying two blankets, two bottles of water and a purse," he described. FULL POST

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May 29th, 2013
11:25 PM ET

American woman detained in Mexico: 'I'm innocent'

On Wednesday CNN's Rafael Romo spoke with Yanira Maldonado, the Arizona woman imprisoned in Mexico. In the jailhouse interview, Maldonado proclaimed her innocence and wept at the circumstances that have put her behind bars, far from her children and grandchildren.

She was in the country for a relative's funeral and on her way home with her husband Gary when police arrested her on a bus and accused her of smuggling drugs. Authorities claim they found 12 pounds of marijuana under her seat.

Her family believes she was framed because Mexican soldiers at the checkpoint wanted a bribe.


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