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Trial for man accused of shooting Albuquerque vet to begin

September 24, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The trial for a man accused of killing a decorated Army veteran at an Albuquerque ATM is set to begin this week.

KOB-TV reports court proceedings will start Monday against Matthew Chavez, who is charged with first-degree murder in the 2016 death of 24-year-old Tyler Lackey.

Chavez is currently in prison for a robbery in Oklahoma.

Authorities say Lackey and a friend stopped by the ATM and Chavez tried to rob Lackey. They say Chavez shot at the veteran while driving away.

A woman who was with Chavez at the time was originally charged with robbery and tampering. The charges were dismissed due to lack of evidence.

Prosecutors say Chavez robbed an Albuquerque cellphone store just days before the shooting. He was sentenced to three years for that crime.

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Information from: KOB-TV, http://www.kob.com

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