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UPDATED: Sides Delay Sunland Park Trial

Daniel Salinas
Daniel Salinas
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SUNLAND PARK (AP) — The trial of a former New Mexico border town mayoral candidate accused of extortion by secretly recording an opponent receiving a lap dance is being postponed.

The trial of former Sunland Mark Mayor-elect Daniel Salinas was scheduled to begin Monday.

But KVIA-TV reports that a judge on Monday granted continuance motions by both sides, though no date has been set.

Salinas has pleaded not guilty to nearly three dozen charges that include extortion, bribery, fraud and illegal kickbacks.

Salinas has been in the Dona Ana County Detention Center since his arrest nine months ago.


10:25am 1/13/13 — Ex-Sunland Park Mayor-Elect Slated To Go to Trial

SUNLAND PARK (AP) — A former New Mexico border town mayoral candidate accused of extortion by secretly recording an opponent receiving a lap dance is scheduled to go to trial.

But an attorney for former mayor-elect Daniel Salinas told KVIA-TV that the scheduled Monday start date might not happen. Joshua Spencer says some discovery has not been produced.

The case also will go before a new judge, new prosecutor and new district attorney.

Salinas is facing nearly three dozen charges that include extortion, bribery, fraud and illegal kickbacks. Salinas has pleaded not guilty.

Former Sunland Park city manager Jaime Aguilera pleaded guilty last month to extortion and evidence-tampering charges related to the case.

 

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