The wife of an Española city councilor and a former campaign assistant facing voter fraud-related charges pleaded not guilty Tuesday.
According to Attorney General’s office spokesperson James Hallinan, Judge Matthew Wilson released Laura Seeds and Dyon Herrera on their own recognizance after they pleaded not guilty to all charges at arraignment in Tierra Amarilla.
Seeds and Herrea’s charges stem from Robert Seeds’ 2016 District 4 city councilor race which he won by two votes. A grand injury indicted Laura Seeds on 10 charges of possession of another person’s absentee ballot, one count of conspiracy to violate the municipal election code and two counts of making false statements in relation to that code.
Herrera was indicted on two counts of falsifying election documents, one count of conspiracy to violate the election code and one count of making false statements in relation to the code.
Last month, Laura Seeds described the indictments as part of an attempt to keep her husband from becoming mayor. Robert Seeds was running for mayor at the time of the indictments but lost last week to restaurant manager Javier Sanchez.
As a condition of their release on Tuesdat Laura Seeds and Herrera are not allowed to contact any potential witnesses, said Hallinan.