DA to appeal ruling to release NM compound suspects on bond | KOB 4

DA to appeal ruling to release NM compound suspects on bond

Joshua Panas
August 15, 2018 01:11 PM

TAOS, CO., NM – Eighth Judicial District Attorney Donald Gallegos plans on appealing a judge's ruling, which allows the suspects arrested at a northern New Mexico compound to be released on bond.


On Monday, Judge Sarah Backus denied the state's motion to keep the five suspects in jail, saying the state failed to meet the burden of showing the suspects were a danger to the community.

The judge has faced intense criticism for the decision. The Taos County District Courthouse was evacuated Tuesday after what was described a "credible threat" made against Judge Backus. 


According to NBC News and former KOB 4 reporter Gadi Schwartz, the trailer on the compound has been seized. However, Schwartz reports that there is still ammunition, a bulletproof vest, and paperwork at the site.

It’s still not clear which agency removed the property.


Joshua Panas

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