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Ex-Santa Fe deputy accused in shooting allowed to return to Santa Fe

SANTA FE, N.M. — Ex-Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Deputy Tai Chan will be allowed to return to Santa Fe and stay under house arrest and assist in his defense against a murder charge in the shooting death of fellow deputy Jeremy Martin, a state District Court judge ruled this afternoon. Chan is from Santa Fe.

Tai Chan

Tai Chan


Chan, 27, is charged with an open count of murder in the October death of Jeremy Martin, 29, also of Santa Fe, at the Hotel Encanto in Las cruces. The two Santa Fe County deputies were on a prisoner-transport trip when they got into an argument after drinking at a Las Crucesl bar before the shooting at the hotel, where they staying.

Chan has been free on a $600,000 bond without electronic monitoring in Las Cruces but will be under house arrest with electronic monitoring in Santa Fe, said his Santa Fe attorney John Day.

“What we were proposing is is much more restrictive than what he (Chan) has now,” said Day.

The Las Cruces District Attorney and Martin’s family opposed Chan’s release to Santa Fe, Day said. Chan’s trial date in Las Cruces is set for Sept. 28.

Martin was shot four or five times, all of the shots coming from the rear, according to a state autopsy. He also had injuries indicating he may have been in a fight before he died.