source: Santa Fe New Mexican
published: 25 February 2017
Albuquerque’s newly installed District Attorney Raúl Torrez announced Friday that he will not retry two former police officers charged in the fatal 2014 shooting of James Boyd, a homeless, mentally ill camper whose killing during a standoff in that city’s east-side foothills sparked major protests when video images of the incident became public.
A two-week trial on second-degree murder charges against former Detective Keith Sandy and former Albuquerque Officer Dominique Perez in October ended in a hung jury when three jurors voted to convict and nine to acquit.
Torrez, who took office in January, said a review of the case by seven senior prosecutors from judicial districts around New Mexico and a separate review by the two most experienced prosecutors in his own office led him to drop the matter.
“A key component of the analysis was grounded in the fact that the scope of the case is largely set,” he said during a news conference, “and the remaining available charges are not likely to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.”
The announcement brought to a close a traumatic episode that gained widespread attention just as controversy over police use of force in communities around the country was growing with the availability of video images captured by police cameras or private cell phones.