Defendant not guilty in fatal shooting of neighbor - Albuquerque Journal

Defendant not guilty in fatal shooting of neighbor

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Deputy District Attorney Joshua Boone as a defense attorney and incorrectly attributed to him statements that were in fact made by defense attorneys. Nicole Moss and Kari Morrissey were the defense attorneys in this trial.

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A jury found Christopher Taber, 41, not guilty of first-degree murder last week in the 2019 shooting death of his neighbor during a dispute outside their Northwest Albuquerque homes.

The 2nd Judicial District Court jury apparently accepted the narrative of defense attorneys that Tabor was defending himself when he fatally shot Daniel Salazar on June 30, 2019.

Jurors on Nov. 4 also returned not guilty verdicts on charges of second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter included in the one-count indictment, court records show.

Police were called to Taber’s home in the 100 block of Cacy NW, near Second and Candelaria, according to a Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court criminal complaint.

Police found Salazar slumped over the driver’s seat of his car, with a black handgun in the center console, the complaint said.

Taber later told police he had seen Salazar at a mailbox and made comments about Salazar’s dogs, which led to an argument and an exchange of gunfire, the complaint said.


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