ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Special prosecutors have determined, for a second time, that former Albuquerque Police Department officer Jeremy Dear should not face charges for the high-profile fatal shooting of a 19-year-old woman in 2014.
Dear shot and killed Mary Hawkes following a foot chase through southeast Albuquerque after police linked her to a stolen truck. Police officers found a gun next to Hawkes’ body, although an attorney for her family has maintained that it’s possible it was placed there or moved.
The special prosecutors, Chris Shultz and Reynaldo Montaño, pushed back on that theory in a 32-page letter of findings to APD Chief Michael Geier, saying “there is no physical evidence, or eye-witness testimony, that would contravene, or render implausible, Officer Dear’s assertion that Hawkes pointed a gun directly at him at close range.”
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