ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Latest on the trial of two former Albuquerque police officers (all times local):
An Albuquerque police detective who a year ago said a police standoff with a homeless man began to unravel when he held two knives and took a defensive stance has begun testifying in the trial of two officers charged in the man’s shooting death.
The testimony from Detective Geoff Stone, who was the lead Albuquerque police detective in the 2014 officer-involved shooting death, got underway Wednesday.
A prosecutor asked him to describe for jurors the firearms, ammunition and police equipment that now-retired Detective Keith Sandy and Officer Dominique Perez had on them the day of the shooting.
Sandy and Perez are standing trial on second-degree murder charges in the death of homeless camper James Boyd, who was shot after an hours-long standoff that involved 19 officers.
A special prosecutor faults police for escalating the standoff.
A New Mexico judge has dismissed a juror in the trial of two former police officers charged with second-degree murder in an on-duty shooting because she was overheard talking about a defense attorney.
The juror was excused Wednesday after a television journalist testified under oath to hearing her speaking on her cellphone outside the courthouse the night before.
She reportedly told her daughter that Sam Bregman, the attorney for now-retired Detective Keith Sandy, spoke loudly in court.
Jurors are under strict instructions not to discuss the case with anyone and can’t mention the names of people involved.
Bregman argued to keep the woman on the jury.
He said she had a hearing problem and may have been simply saying she was able to hear him.
An expert witness says Albuquerque police botched a standoff two years ago that led to the death of a mentally ill homeless camper, missing the opportunity to calm a volatile situation and shooting the man who had two pocket knives but posed no immediate threat.
Jeffrey Noble, a former police sergeant and attorney, testified Tuesday as an expert witness for the prosecution in the trial of two former police officers who are facing second-degree murder charges.
Testimony continued Wednesday in state district court in Albuquerque.
Hundreds of protesters decried James Boyd’s 2014 death as yet another questionable shooting by a police force that had killed more than 20 suspects from 2010 to 2014.
Police shootings have dropped since federal and city officials settled on reforms. But the series of court-mandated changes, including a use-of-force policy that adds new reporting measures for officers and their supervisors, are still fresh.