• May 29, 2023

New Mexico police shooting ruled unjustified, charges weighed

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Photo credit: Yahoo! News

A special prosecutor may soon be appointed to determine whether to press criminal charges against two New Mexico police officers after a grand jury ruled that a 2013 shooting of a motorist in Santa Fe was unjustified, the District Attorney said on Friday.

The grand jury determined on Thursday that the shooting was not justified but was not asked to rule on whether prosecution was warranted.

Santa Fe District Attorney Angela Pacheco said she was now in a position to appoint a special prosecutor from another district to consider whether or not to file charges against the officers, Stephen Fonte and John DeBaca.

“The only purpose of this grand jury was to determine if the shooting was justified not to file charges,” Pacheco said. “It was a secret proceeding so I do not know why they determined the shooting to be unjustified.”

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