Judge released man accused of killing UNM baseball player
May 10, 2019 10:20 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Albuquerque Police have issued an arrest warrant in the shooting death of UNM baseball player Jackson Weller.
The warrant names Darian Rashaud Bashir as the suspect in Saturday morning's shooting.
According to the warrant, police were able to review surveillance video of the killing and saw who they refer to as a "shorter, African-American male" approach Weller, pull something from his waist and then shoot him.
Friends of Weller's told police that he had been in a scuffle with several people prior to the shooting, but the man who shot him was not a part of the initial fight.
According to the warrant, witnesses were able to positively identify Bashir as being the person who shot Weller.
Police say he has an extensive history of violence.
He's accused of shooting a gun from a moving vehicle in southeast Albuquerque. Police said some of the bullets nearly hit APD officers. The officers pulled the vehicle over and arrested Bashir.
Prosecutors filed to have Bashir held in jail pending trial. However, Judge Richard Brown denied the motion and released him.
Judge Brown said there was not enough evidence to show Bashir was actually firing at police officers. Judge Brown added that the risk Bashir posed could be addressed with appropriate conditions of release.
“We're at a place where we just need re-think the procedure that we have in place,” said Bernalillo County District Attorney Raul Torrez.
According to Torrez, prosecutors who request that defendants be held until trial are denied by judges around 53% of the time.
Nearly 40% of those people released back on the streets were facing a gun or deadly weapon charge.
“I think there was a hope that with enough time the preventative detention system would sort itself out,” said Torrez.
Torrez said the only way we can change that constitutional amendment is through our lawmakers.
He said he will reveal a plan soon that he hopes they'll consider next legislative session.
Updated: May 10, 2019 10:20 PM
Created: May 10, 2019 08:59 AM
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