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Judge denies motion to drop deputy's murder charges

KOB.com Web Staff
April 25, 2017 11:48 AM

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A judge has denied a request from a former New Mexico deputy accused of killing his partner in 2014 to have his murder case dismissed.

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The judge also rejected another motion filed by Tai Chan's attorney last week that sought to disqualify Dona Ana County District Attorney Mark D'Antonio from prosecuting the case.

Chan is charged with murder in the shooting death of Deputy Jeremy Martin after what authorities have said was an alcohol-fueled argument in Las Cruces.

Chan is set to face a retrial in May. The first trial was declared a mistrial.

Chan's attorneys have called for the case's dismissal over allegations of "outrageous government conduct" and a botched police investigation.

Defense Attorney John Day said Monday his team respects the judge's decision and is preparing for trial.

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