Attorney from ABQ indicted in shooting

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque attorney David “Chip” Venie has been indicted on aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and other charges after he shot a man in the leg at his Downtown office in August.

The indictment was returned Monday in 2nd Judicial District Court.

Stephen Biddinger was found bleeding profusely and slumped against the firm’s front door.

Besides the assault charge, Venie is charged with receiving stolen property, a Beretta 9 mm handgun, striking Biddinger with a Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handgun and tampering with evidence to avoid prosecution.

Venie claimed Biddinger had assaulted him and his staff before being shot outside his office, called the “Freedom Center,” near Eighth and Lomas.

“He came through the door. He was confronting me. I told him to leave. I asked him to leave repeatedly. He would not leave. I shot him,” Venie told a 911 operator, according to the 911 tape. “He’s standing in front of my office bleeding right now, and he’s still there arguing, fighting.”

Venie’s arraignment is not yet scheduled. Davis Ruark, a deputy district attorney in Hobbs, is handling the case.
— This article appeared on page C2 of the Albuquerque Journal

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