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Man accused of killing Albuquerque veteran claims self-defense

KOB Web Staff
September 24, 2018 05:12 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The trial for a man accused of killing an Albuquerque veteran began Monday.

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Matthew Chavez is accused of shooting and killing Tyler Lackey in 2016.

Chavez claims he acted in self-defense and it was Lackey who shot first.

"Mr. Chavez didn't use force at the ATM and didn't use force until his life depended on it,” said Chavez’s attorney during opening statements.

The prosecution told the jury that the evidence shows Chavez was not acting in self-defense.

“Is someone who is defending themselves, do they flee from the scene, do they avoid cops, do they torch the car, which is stolen and flee to Ardmore, Oklahoma,” the prosecutor asserted.

Chavez's girlfriend at the time, Veronica Trimble, was also facing charges for Lackey's death, but those charges were dropped.

She has, however, agreed to testify about what happened the night of the shooting.

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