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    NM - Dep. Jeremy Martin, 29, fatally shot by fellow Santa Fe deputy, 28 Oct 2014

    A Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot by a fellow deputy while staying at a Las Cruces hotel, authorities said.

    The two deputies started arguing and the fight escalated, according to Las Cruces police...
    The accused shooter has been identified as 27-year-old Tai Chan, according to the Albuquerque Journal. He has not been charged yet.

    Jeremy Martin, 29, is the deputy who was killed, according to Sheriff Robert Garcia.
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...icle-1.1989826

    Santa Fe deputy shooting: Victim was fleeing toward elevator when shot in back
    http://www.abqjournal.com/487296/abq...as-cruces.html

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    More details about what happened:
    Deputy's girlfriend may have heard her boyfriend shoot colleague during phone call.
    http://www.kvia.com/news/criminal-co...eague/29405206

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    http://www.koat.com/news/slain-deput...shows/30607526

    Police said Deputy Tai Chan opened fire on Martin, and the autopsy report shows Martin was shot five times. He had wounds in his upper back, shoulder, buttocks and arm... The report found Martin’s BAC to be just above the legal limit at .10.

    When Martin and Chan returned to the hotel, there was some type of fight. The autopsy found cuts on Martin’s eyebrow, abrasions on his body and a cluster of bruises on the knuckles of his right hand...

    Las Cruces police are not yet releasing the results of Chan’s blood alcohol tests.

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    http://www.santafenewmexican.com/new...3cc87ecf0.html

    A District Court judge on Friday agreed to allow former Santa Fe County deputy Tai Chan to live under house arrest in his Eldorado home while awaiting trial on a murder charge...

    In addition to allowing Chan to return home, Macias ordered him to wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet. He is not allowed to seek employment and may only leave the house to attend religious services.

    However, he is still allowed to have contact with his girlfriend, Leah Tafoya, with whom he had been living. She is pregnant with their first child and is a primary witness in the case. Tafoya, police have said, was on the phone with Chan when he shot Martin.

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    http://www.kob.com/article/stories/s...l#.VnQ4sIT8FWY

    Chan's trial was supposed to begin on Sept. 28, but a judge approved a six-month delay during a motion hearing last month.

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    http://m.kvia.com/news/former-santa-...r_ABC7breaking

    LAS CRUCES, New Mexico -

    The former Santa Fe Deputy accused of killing his colleague at a Las Cruces hotel appeared in court Tuesday for a pre-trial conference.

    Tai Chan is charged with first degree murder. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

    Chan is accused of firing several shots at his colleague Jeremy Martin at a Las Cruces hotel in 2014.

    In court Tuesday, Deputy District Attorney Gerald Byers told Judge Fernando Macias the state plans to call 93 witnesses during the trial that's set for May 23.

    The trial is expected to last 3 weeks.

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    http://cbs4local.com/news/local/tria...-fellow-deputy

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (CBS4) —*A trial is set to get underway this week for a former Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy who is accused of fatally shooting his partner following an alcohol-fueled fight.
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    An autopsy showed Martin was shot multiple times in the back and had other injuries that appeared related to a fight.
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    http://www.abqjournal.com/781798/jur...ans-trial.html

    Las Cruces police Sgt. Todd Froats was the first witness to testify Thursday... Deputy District Attorney Gerald Byers played a 25-minute audio recording from Froats’ uniform recorder. The recording captured all of Froats’ actions that evening...

    Around the third or fourth floor, Froats said he started to hear a man yelling from above. As the officers continued up the stairs, Froats said the man, later identified as Chan, was repeatedly yelling: “Sheriff’s office!”...

    While in the lobby, Chan continued to yell, according to Officer Jennifer Cady... “(Chan) was screaming that we were all his brothers and sisters,” Cady said, adding that he was also warning the officers about weapons and bombs in the hotel. No explosives were ever found in the hotel.
    http://www.koat.com/news/video-deput...-dead/39769664

    Never-before-seen police video shows Tai Chan saying nothing after detectives tell him his partner is dead.

    "I don't know if anyone's told you but Jeremy's dead. OK?" said Detective Rene Molenda to Chan in an interview room. Chan is seen turning away and taking a drink of water.
    http://www.koat.com/news/doctor-test...level/39770764

    The doctor who examined a slain deputy's body just hours after his death said his blood alcohol content level was .11, just over the legal limit.

    Officials said Jeremy Martin did not have any drugs in his system...

    "Is it true that all of the entry gunshot wounds went from back to front?" Deputy District Attorney Gerald Beyers asked.

    "Yes it is," Dr. Nika Aljinovic said.

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    http://m.kvia.com/news/jury-delibera...r_ABC7breaking

    LAS CRUCES, New Mexico -

    The jury deliberating the fate of Tai Chan was unable to reach a verdict. The judge has declared a mistrial.

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    http://www.abqjournal.com/793400/ret...t-for-nov.html

    The retrial of a former Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy accused of killing a fellow deputy in 2014 has been scheduled for Nov. 28.

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    From last month:

    http://www.koat.com/article/new-date...etrial/5268318

    New Mexico Courts website has posted the new trial date for Tai Chan. Chan's new trial is set for April 3-14 and will begin at 8:30 a.m. on weekdays.
    http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news...uary/90014736/

    Doña Ana County prosecutors intending to retry Tai Chan for murder in the October 2014 shooting death of Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy Jeremy Martin are seeking a new retrial date, court records show.

    Chief Deputy District Attorney Gerald Byers Byers said prosecutors had “subpoenaed and produced” 21 out-of-state witnesses for the initial trial, at a cost of about $12,400. Byers said prosecutors anticipate that “numerous” out-of-state witnesses will again be required during the retrial.

    Byers said the holidays would make it “extremely difficult to arrange for travel of these witnesses,” noting that time of the year “is one of the heaviest, if not the heaviest period for travel.”

    He said he believes many of the witnesses have already made other travel plans for the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. He also argued that travel expenses and hotel accommodations would be “much higher than other time of the year,” and that it would be more difficult to impanel a jury.



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