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Mondrian-Powell can’t leave NM pending appeal

SANTA FE — A Santa Fe District Court judge ruled that a man who recently had his murder charge dropped due to speedy trial delays by prosecutors cannot leave the state while his case is considered by the Court of Appeals.

On Wednesday Judge T. Glenn Ellington released Robert Mondrian-Powell, who was accused of killing Elvira Segura in September 2016, on his own recognizance but ordered that he not leave the state.

In June Ellington ordered the murder case against Mondrian-Powell be dropped due to prosecution delays. The state has appealed that decision.

Prosecutor Martin Maxwell asked Ellington to keep Mondrian-Powell in New Mexico because he believes he’s a flight risk. Mondrian-Powell, who’s been out of jail since the case was dropped, was not summoned to court Wednesday.

Mondrain-Powell was charged for allegedly shooting Segura in the neck in the fall of 2016 at Segura’s Nambe home.