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The Latest: Defense: Jury results will send a strong message

LAS CRUCES, N. M. – The Latest on the new trial of a former Santa Fe County deputy charged in the death of a fellow deputy (all times are local):

4:20 pm

A lawyer for a former New Mexico sheriff’s deputy faces a first-degree murder charges in the death of a fellow deputy says that he is happy to see that most of the jury does not believe that his client was guilty.

A state district court judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the case of Tai Chan, who was accused of shooting Jeremy Martin during the authorities described as an alcohol-fueled argument.

Members of the jury informed the judge after deliberating for less than four hours that they would not be able to reach a unanimous decision on the lesser possible charges that included second-degree murder or manslaughter.

Attorney John Day says none of the jurors believed that Chan was guilty of first-degree murder. He says the outcome sends a strong message, and he hopes that officers of justice are of the opinion that both of Chan’s trials have resulted in mistrials.

Prosecutors say they are consulting with Martin’s family on the next step. It was not immediately clear whether they would seek a new trial.

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3:50 p.m.

A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a former New Mexico sheriff’s deputy who was charged in the shooting death of a fellow deputy during the authorities described as an alcohol-fueled dispute.

The ruling came Tuesday after the jury informed the judge that they would not be able to reach a unanimous decision in the case of Tai Chan. They deliberated for less than four hours.

Chan was charged with first-degree murder in October 2014, the death of Jeremy Martin. The two Santa Fe County deputies had stopped in Las Cruces for the night after transporting a prisoner and had been drinking for the recording.

Prosecutors called Chan a callous killer whose claims of self-defense was located. She pointed to forensic evidence that the bullet trajectories and the location of the intestines found in the hotel room.

The defence said Martin was the aggressor that night, and Chan was only trying to protect themselves.

Chan’s first trial ended last year when jurors could not reach a unanimous decision.

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12:15 pm

Jurors have begun deliberating the case of a former New Mexico deputy charged in the 2014 shooting death of a fellow deputy during an alcohol-fueled dispute.

Closing arguments were delivered Tuesday in the following two weeks of testimony.

Prosecutors are calling Tai Chan a callous killer, saying the claims of self-defense are a lie.

Defense attorneys for Chan to say that their client was only trying to save his life when he shot Jeremy Martin, while the two were staying in Las Cruces after transporting an inmate.

It is unclear how long the deliberations might take.

Chan is charged with first-degree murder. His first trial ended last year when jurors could not reach a unanimous decision.

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10:07 pm

Jurors are expected to begin deliberating in the case of a former New Mexico deputy who is charged with shooting and killing a fellow deputy during an alcohol-fueled dispute.

The judge gave jurors their instructions Tuesday for prosecutors and defense attorneys prepared to deliver closing arguments in the new trial of Tai Chan, who is charged with first-degree murder in the 2014 death of a Santa Fe County Deputy Jeremy Martin.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the trial wrapped up Friday with Chan taking the witness stand. Chan claims that he carried out the shooting in self-defense.

He is accused of gunning Martin at a Las Cruces hotel where the two stayed after the transport of an inmate.

The first trial ended last year in a mistrial when jurors, not a unanimous decision.

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