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Prosecutors drop charges against man in fatal shooting

April 11, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A defense attorney says federal prosecutors have dropped their case against a New Mexico man charged with murder in a suspected road rage-related fatal shooting after evidence was uncovered that the man he killed was the aggressor.

The Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper reported on Wednesday that U.S. District Court records show federal prosecutors asked a judge to dismiss murder charges against Dennis Velasquez Jr. on Feb. 22, citing “evidentiary issues which may make it difficult to convict” Velasquez beyond the reasonable doubt standard at trial.

The 25-year-old Velasquez, of Gallina, was arrested four days after a Jan. 5 shooting alongside N.M. 68 in Ohkay Owingeh.

The man who was shot was later identified as 53-year-old Phillip Glock.

Albuquerque U.S. attorney’s office spokeswoman Elizabeth Martinez declined to comment Wednesday on the dismissal.

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