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Private investigator wins dismissal of protection order

SANTA FE — A state judge this week dismissed the court order that had prohibited a private investigator from going near state Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero.

In dismissing the order, Presiding Family Court Judge Deborah Davis Walker said

Carlos Villanueva

Carlos Villanueva

Roybal Caballero didn’t prove that investigator Carlos Villanueva had “committed an incident of stalking.”

The two have had a long-running dispute that’s sometimes spilled into court.


Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero

In a petition earlier this year, Roybal Caballero accused Villanueva of stalking, harassing and threatening her, and a judge ordered him to stay away from her.

Villanueva, in turn, accused the lawmaker of retaliating against him because he’d filed an ethics complaint against her, and he said her allegations against him weren’t true.

Judge Davis Walker, whose courtroom is in Albuquerque, didn’t weigh in on any of that in the dismissal order. She simply noted that no stalking had been proven.