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Mexico’s president backs Ayotzinapa commission head after complaints lodged

The head of a commission investigating the 2014 mass disappearance of education students in Mexico is getting more heat for his handling of the case.

Attorneys representing soldiers accused of participating in the disappearance of 43 education students have  allegedto the Attorney General’s Office that truth commission head Alejandro Encinas fabricated evidence. This comes after serious doubts were raised about the authenticity of text message screenshots that Encinas himself  acknowledgedto the New York Times could not be confirmed.

On Wednesday, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador defended the embattled sub secretary.

López Obrador said that the allegations were an indication that the investigation was actually proceeding well and that Encinas still enjoys the full support of his administration.

Born and raised in the Intermountain West, Murphy Woodhouse has called southern Arizona home for most of the last decade. He’s one of two field correspondents at KJZZ’s Hermosillo bureau, where his reporting focuses on the trade relationship between Arizona, Sonora and the rest of Mexico.Before joining the station, Murphy was a reporter at the Arizona Daily Star and the Nogales International. Prior to his reporting career, he completed a master’s degree at the University of Arizona’s Center for Latin American Studies and did three wildfire seasons with the Snake River Hotshots. He’s a proud graduate of the University of Montana’s School of Journalism.When he’s not reporting, Murphy is often out in the woods running or riding singletrack, or swinging in a hammock with a book.