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Family of woman shot by APD wants officer to provide DNA

Chris Ramirez
July 28, 2017 06:06 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Three years after an APD officer shot a suspected car thief in a foot pursuit, the family of the suspect -- in a potentially stunning development -- is asking the court to force the now-former officer to undergo a DNA test.

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The reason: The family of Mary Hawkes, along with their attorneys, believes that Jeremy Dear planted the gun that APD officials say Hawkes was holding when Dear shot her.

When the gun was initially tested, Hawkes’s DNA didn’t show up. In other words, there is no concrete proof she ever held it, prompting the family’s request.

Four DNA samples were collected from the gun, one of which belongs to a male, prompting the family to ask for Dear’s DNA to see if there is a connection.

MORE: Separate trials for Mary Hawkes wrongful death lawsuits.

So far, he is refusing to submit to the DNA test. The court is expected to rule in late August on whether he will have to or not. The request comes as part of a larger wrongful death lawsuit the family has filed against Dear and the City of Albuquerque; that trial is set for next year.

The final moments before the Hawkes’s death remain a mystery due to Dear’s lapel camera being turned off before he shot and killed her.

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