Lawmaker charged with aggravated DWI ask for jury trial; judge denies request
July 10, 2018 05:10 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - State Representative Monica Youngblood appeared in court Tuesday. She had a pre-trial conference in her aggravated DWI case.
While in court, Youngblood's attorney requested a jury trial.
"We're just looking forward to our trial. We're completely baffled as to why the district attorney doesn't want to go to a jury trial," said attorney Paul Kennedy.
The judge denied the request, explaining that this type of case is usually decided in a bench trial.
"The court does have the discretion if it wishes to grant a jury trial. I don't see the need to go through the extra expense, the involvement of the other citizens in the matter for something that is routinely a bench trial," said Judge Kevin Fitzwater.
Kennedy says he will be filing a motion again, requesting a jury trial. As of now, the bench trial is scheduled for Wednesday, August 29.
Youngblood was arrested and charged with aggravated DWI after officers say she performed poorly on field sobriety tests and then refused to take a breathalyzer. She has pleaded not guilty.
Youngblood is also still running for state representative and is set to face Democrat Karen Bash in the November election.
Created: July 10, 2018 05:10 PM
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