ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Latest on the trial of two former police officers charged in the death of a homeless man in New Mexico (all times local):
Attorneys for one of two former Albuquerque officers charged in the shooting death of a homeless man are laying out their case that he was obligated to shoot to protect the life of another officer.
The defense team for Dominique Perez resumed questioning Thursday morning of Alexander Thickstun, who reported James Boyd’s illegal campsite to police on March 16, 2014.
Thickstun, the first witness for Perez, recorded the standoff that unfolded after officers arrived via video from his balcony.
Perez and now-retired Detective Keith Sandy are charged with second-degree murder in Boyd’s shooting death.
A judge ruled jurors will no longer have the option of weighing a lesser alternative count of voluntary manslaughter against Sandy or Perez. The ruling came after prosecutors rested their case late Wednesday afternoon.
The wife of a former police officer charged in the shooting death of a homeless man in New Mexico says the couple has faced mounting legal bills, threats and uncertainty about the future as the case has made its way to trial.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Tiffanie Perez recounted the emotional and financial toll the case has taken on the family.
She says the couple’s lives have been stalled until the legal case is resolved.
Dominique Perez and now-retired Detective Keith Sandy are standing trial on second-degree murder charges in the death of 38-year-old James Boyd.
Perez’s legal team began laying out its case Wednesday, saying he was obligated to shoot to protect the life of a K-9 handler.
Special prosecutor Randi McGinn counters that Boyd was turning away and surrendering when he was shot.