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Former deputy charged again in killing of fellow deputy

November 17, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico prosecutor is moving again to retry a former Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy in the 2014 fatal shooting of a fellow deputy.

District Attorney Mark D’Antonio’s office on Friday filed a voluntary manslaughter complaint against former Deputy Tai Chan in the shooting death of Jeremy Martin at a Las Cruces hotel during a work trip.

Defense attorney John Day called the prosecution’s move vindictive and an abuse of power.

Two trial juries were unable to reach unanimous verdicts on murder counts against Chan, and a judge in May ruled against further prosecution of Chan for murder on double jeopardy grounds.

Chan contends he shot Martin in self-defense following a night of drinking and argument, but who was the aggressor was disputed in court.

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