Mistrial In Fatal Shooting Case Against NM Officers

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The first murder trial involving an on-duty shooting by an Albuquerque police officer in at least 50 years ended yesterday with a jury deadlocked 9-3 for acquittal on charges against former officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez, the Albuquerque Journal reports. District Judge Alisa Hadfield declared a mistrial after she polled jurors individually to confirm they believed further deliberations would be futile in deciding whether the officers were guilty of second-degree murder.

Special prosecutor Randi McGinn said it will be up to incoming District Attorney Raúl Torrez to decide whether to retry the two in connection with the 2014 shooting death of mentally ill homeless camper James Boyd after a long standoff in the Sandia foothills. Sam Bregman, representing Sandy, said he believed the jury sent “a pretty positive message … that this case is pretty weak.” Bregman said it was “a misguided prosecution” and he hopes the prosecutor will look at the “weak jury support” and “let these two good men get on with their lives.”

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