Lawyer wants criminal records of James Boyd past included in murder trial (man shot by Albuquerque police)
James Boyd had run-ins with the law going back more than 25 years, with accusations ranging from attacking police officers to alleged sexual assaults, before he was shot and killed by two Albuquerque officers in the Sandia foothills, where he was camping without a permit, according to court documents filed this week.
The attorney for one of the officers charged with murder in Boyd’s death filed a motion seeking to make Boyd’s past part of the trial – a suggestion vigorously opposed by the special prosecutor, who says it is nothing more than an effort to influence potential jurors.
A judge previously ruled that for a preliminary hearing only information about Boyd’s past that officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez were aware of at the time of the shooting was admissible.
But Sam Bregman, Sandy’s attorney, wants to make details from 14 alleged crimes Boyd committed admissible in the trial slated for September in front of 2nd Judicial District Judge Alisa Hadfield.