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Jury picked in murder case retrial of ex-deputy

The Associated Press
May 09, 2017 07:16 AM

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A jury has been picked in the retrial of a former Santa Fe County Sheriff's deputy accused in the 2014 shooting death of a fellow deputy during what authorities say stemmed from an alcohol-fueled argument.

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Of the 99 potential jurors were summoned to appear in state district court in Las Cruces on Monday, 15 were picked including three alternates.

The process took nearly eight hours.

Jurors will have to decide if Tai Chan acted in self-defense or carried out a calculated murder when he shot and killed Jeremy Martin.

The shooting happened Oct. 28, 2014 at a hotel where the two were staying overnight after transporting prisoners to Arizona.

Chan's first trial ended in a mistrial when jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision.

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