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Prosecutors: New Mexico man killed man over a ‘stupid joke’

March 22, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is standing trial for the 2017 murder in Santa Fe connected to what prosecutors say was anger over a “stupid joke.”

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports lawyers gave opening statements this week in the murder trial of Christopher Owens. Prosecutors say the 32-year-old Owens shot and killed 30-year-old Timothy Baca after Baca made fun on his singing after a night of partying.

Assistant District Attorney Blake Nichols told jurors the pair got into a fight over the comment but Baca eventually offered to shake hands. Nichols says that’s when Owens shot the father of four.

Defense attorney Kelly Golightly says accounts vary on what happened and the story has many holes.

Owens is charged with murder, tampering with evidence and trafficking of a controlled substance.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.santafenewmexican.com