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Conviction in 2013 jewelry store robbery, murder upheld

J.R. Oppenheim
March 08, 2018 06:49 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The New Mexico Supreme Court upheld the conviction of an Albuquerque man who murdered an employee at a jewelry store in 2013.

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The state's high court unanimously rejected the appeal from Manuel Gardner and affirmed his conviction on first-degree murder and armed robbery charges, Attorney General Hector Balderas said Thursday morning.

A jury found Gardner guilty in the murder of single father Richard Glass during a robbery at the National Jewelry Buyers store on Coors Boulevard in Albuquerque. During the trial, Gardner's defense team claimed prosecutors used perjured testimony.

Gardner received a life sentence for the murder, but he appealed for a new trial on evidentiary reasons.

However, the Supreme Court found the state brought enough evidence to convict him. Balderas said there was surveillance video of the robbery and witness statements said Gardner stole $1,800 from the jewelry store and used it to buy heroin.

"Extremely dangerous, violent offenders like Manuel Gardner have no place on our streets and I am pleased the Supreme Court agreed with our arguments and affirmed his convictions," Balderas said. "Keeping New Mexico’s most dangerous criminals behind bars remains our priority."

Click here to read the Supreme Court's ruling on the case.

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