The local U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release that career prosecutors determined there wasn’t enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that officer Dominique Perez and now-retired Detective Keith Sandy violated federal law when they fatally shot James Boyd in the Sandia foothills in March 2014. The two men were charged with murder in state court but the case ended in a mistrial last October.
Shannon Kennedy, an attorney for the Boyd family, said Andrew Jones, Boyd’s brother, listened via Skype to a presentation Tuesday from Justice Department attorneys about why federal authorities weren’t bringing charges against Perez and Sandy.
“They gave a very astute legal analysis … of the difficulty of a federal criminal prosecution of law enforcement officers,” she said. “One can only be forever grateful that we live in a democracy where the government looks at investigating police officers who violently kill a citizen.”