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New Mexico Officers Plead Not Guilty to Murder in Shooting

September 11, 2015  | 

An Albuquerque police officer and retired detective who killed a homeless man last year pleaded not guilty Friday to second-degree murder charges stemming from the on-duty shooting death that unfolded after a standoff, reports the Associated Press.

Officer Dominique Perez and now-retired Detective Keith Sandy entered their pleas at a hearing in New Mexico's Second District Court.

A judge ruled last month there was probable cause for the men's case to go to trial. The decision followed a two-week preliminary hearing in which Special Prosecutor Randi McGinn argued evidence that James Boyd was shot in the side and back indicated he posed no threat to officers when he was killed.

Perez and Sandy could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted of second-degree murder. A voluntary manslaughter conviction carries a term of up to three years.

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Jon Retired LEO @ 9/12/2015 10:01 AM

Will wait for this one to proceed and see what happens. However there are reasons why a perp may be shot in the side and the back. Mossad Ayoob explains this in his boob Deadly Force in Self Defense.

[email protected] @ 9/12/2015 6:37 PM

I wonder if this "special prosecutor" has done any research on OIS cases? It has been proven more times then I can think of that entry wounds are not the proof to end all proof. The suspect can ( and have) turned after firing a weapon or throwing a weapon before the Officer fired. Just more BS from the folks who are supposed to be on our side. Blues, Stay Safe.

Robert Shaffer @ 9/18/2015 8:03 PM

Too many cameras

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