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Suspect in slaying enters pleas in other case

Darian Bashir, accused in the fatal shooting of a UNM student-athlete earlier this month, appears in state District Court on May 15. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

Darian Bashir, accused in the fatal shooting of a UNM student-athlete earlier this month, appears in state District Court on May 15. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A man accused in the high-profile shooting death of a University of New Mexico athlete has entered pleas to two fourth-degree felony charges in an earlier, unrelated case.

Darian Bashir faces up to three years after pleading no contest Monday morning to shooting at or from a vehicle and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

According to a prosecutor, Bashir was riding in a car with several other people in February when the group “had a confrontation with a separate car,” during which Bashir opened fire.

“He actually did admit firing shots from his vehicle,” prosecutor John Duran said in court.

He said the group passed guns around the vehicle and had a large amount of marijuana, and one of the passengers riding with Bashir was a minor, which was the basis for the contributing to the delinquency of a minor charge.

Months after that, police say, Bashir shot and killed UNM baseball player Jackson Weller outside a popular Nob Hill nightclub after an altercation.

The Weller case caught political attention, and just days after the student’s death, 50 State Police officers were sent to patrol certain parts of Albuquerque.

Bashir’s trial in Weller’s death is scheduled to begin in May. He will be sentenced in the other case after the Weller case is resolved.

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