.- Police arrested an associate of the rancher charged in the killing of an American nun, who had dedicated 23 years to protecting the poor who live in the Amazon rain forest and the environment, reported The Associated Press. Regivaldo Pereira Galvao was arrested Thursday but he has denied any role in the Feb. 12 murder of Sr. Dorothy Stang, who was a native of Dayton, Ohio.
Five men are now accused in Sr. Stang’s murder. Police also have arrested two alleged gunmen, the man who allegedly ordered her murder and a middleman accused of hiring the gunmen.
According to the Catholic Church's Pastoral Land Commission, about half the 1,237 land-related killings in Brazil in the past 30 years occurred in Para.