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SANTA FE – David Barber and Elexus Groves each stand accused of causing fatal crashes as they fled Albuquerque police in stolen vehicles.
Before the state Supreme Court on Monday afternoon, attorneys argued over whether the two, along with Groves’ codefendant, can face first-degree felony murder charges. The state high court’s decision in these cases could have far-reaching repercussions for how such cases are prosecuted going forward.
Police say they were trying to arrest Barber on several felony warrants when he left his home in a stolen RV and eventually led officers on an 80-minute citywide chase in June 2017 that resulted in multiple crashes, including one that fatally injured 39-year-old Tito Pacheco.
Groves, along with her codefendant Paul Garcia, were charged with murder after reportedly stealing a van, fleeing a police traffic stop and plowing into Shaunna Arredondo-Boling’s car, killing her and her 14-year-old daughter, Shaylee Boling, in January 2017.