For Immediate Release
Friday, February 24, 2017
Contact: Michael Patrick, Director of Communications,
ALBUQUERQUE - Today, Bernalillo County District Attorney Raúl Torrez announced he will not seek to retry two former Albuquerque police officers involved in the 2014 death of James Boyd. The case involving Keith Sandy and Dominque Perez originally ended in a mistrial following a 9-3 deadlock by the jury, with 9 voting for acquittal.
“This decision comes following a review of the case by district attorneys from around the state,” District Attorney Torrez said. “Additionally, an independent review by two of my most experienced prosecutors ended with the same conclusion to not retry. For both teams, a key component of the analysis was grounded in the fact that the scope of the case is largely set and the remaining available charges are not likely to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.”
“We want to recognize the hard work of special prosecutor Randi McGinn and her team for their tireless work in presenting the case on behalf of the State,” Torrez said. "The reviews have revealed no reason to believe the case against Officers Sandy and Perez could be tried better or more exhaustively at a second trial or that a second jury would reach a different outcome than the first."
"James Boyd’s life and his death should serve as a powerful lesson to us all. And although I do not believe a second trial is in order under these circumstances, it is my sincere hope that we come together and move forward as a community to prevent this kind of tragedy from ever happening again," Torrez said.
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