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Judge drops murder charge against former deputy

KOB.com Web Staff
May 31, 2018 05:19 PM

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – A first-degree murder charges have been dropped against former Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy Tai Chan.

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The Las Cruces Sun-News reports a judge made that decision Thursday because Chan has already faced two first-degree murder trials for the death of fellow deputy Jeremy Martin. Both times, jurors could not come to a unanimous decision.

According to the Sun-News report, the judge based the decision on double jeopardy issues and a technicality in Chan's second trial. The judge in that trial did not poll the jury when it returned hung.

Chan will now face a charge of voluntary manslaughter in his third trial. It's set for Aug. 27.

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