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APD Officers In Boyd Shooting To Face Murder Charges

Jan 12, 2015

UPDATE 3:22 p.m.: This case will be presented during an open preliminary hearing, the date of which has not been determined.

Comment from Mayor Richard Berry's office: “We trust the judicial system will provide the family, our community and the officers a fair, transparent and unbiased opportunity to explore and present the facts as they relate to this tragic event. It is important for all of us to allow the process to progress without prejudice in order for our community to move forward.”

Comment from the Albuquerque Police Department: "This case is a matter of great concern to the community, the City of Albuquerque, the Albuquerque Police Department and the involved officers. Having the case presented to a District Court Judge at a preliminary hearing will permit the evidence to be presented in a transparent and public forum."

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Prosecutors say two Albuquerque police officers will face murder charges in the March killing of a homeless camper, a shooting that generated sometimes violent protests around the city and sparked a federal investigation.

James Boyd in a standoff with police in March 2014
Credit Screenshot from video provided by APD through an IPRA request

Second District Attorney Kari Brandenburg announced Monday that SWAT team member Dominique Perez and former Detective Keith Sandy will each face a single count of open murder in the death of 38-year-old James Boyd. It allows prosecutors to pursue either first-degree or second-degree murder charges.

Police say Perez and Sandy fatally shot Boyd, who was holding a knife, during an hourslong standoff. Helmet video appeared to show Boyd surrendering when officers opened fire.

The officers' lawyers say they look forward clearing their clients.

Albuquerque police recently signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to overhaul the force.