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Defense claims slain Santa Fe deputy was ‘violent’ and `acted as aggressor’

SANTA FE, N.M. — Slain Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputy Jeremy Martin displayed “violent and aggressive behavior on the night of his death,” say defense arguments filed in an effort to compel the sheriff’s office to release Martin’s medical, psychological, employment and performance records.

Santa Fe attorney John Day, who represents Martin’s accused killer, ex-deputy Tai Chan, also suggests in his new court filing that Chan may mount a self-defense claim in the case.

Former Santa Fe  County deputy Tai Chan, left, is charged with murder in the shooting death of deputy Jeremy Martin, right, when the two were in Las Cruces during a prisoner transport trip.

Former Santa Fe County deputy Tai Chan, left, is charged with murder in the shooting death of deputy Jeremy Martin, right, when the two were in Las Cruces during a prisoner transport trip.

An autopsy showed that Martin was shot four or five times from behind. A police report says that, soon after he was taken into custody, Chan admitted shooting Martin.

Chan, 27, is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly shooting Martin, 29, to death at a Las Cruces hotel in October following an argument that started at a bar where the two Santa Fe County deputies had been drinking.

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Las Cruces police have not said what the argument was about. The deputies were spending the night in Las Cruces on their way home after delivering a prisoner to Arizona.

Chan has pleaded not guilty and is free on bond in Santa Fe, under monitoring via electronic ankle bracelet.

The county’s records on Martin, Day argues in his court filing, “would likely reveal, among other things, Martin’s proclivity for violence, his dangerous tendencies, and/or his general mental stability.”

“That information is material to a self-defense claim by Defendant Chan and (is) likely to corroborate testimony by witnesses to Deputy Martin’s violent and aggressive behavior on the night of his death,” Day argues.

The records also “may help explain why Deputy Martin acted as an aggressor toward Deputy Chan the night of the shooting and what elements may have led to what the evidence shows to be Martin’s violent and aggressive behavior that evening,” Day maintains.

Through its attorney, the sheriff’s office is fighting release of the records about Martin.

 

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Slain Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputy Jeremy Martin displayed “violent and aggressive behavior on the night of his death,” according to unnamed witnesses mentioned in a defense court filing arguing for compelling the sheriff’s office to release Martin’s medical, psychological, employment and performance records.

The filing is by Santa Fe attorney John Day who represents Martin’s accused killer, ex-deputy Tai Chan. The sheriff’s office is arguing against the release of the records.

Day’s new filing suggests that Chan intends to mount a self-defense claim in the case.

Chan, 27, is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly shooting Martin, 29, to death at a Las Cruces hotel in October following an argument that started at a local bar where the two deputies had been drinking. The deputies were spending the night in Las Cruces on their way home after delivering a prisoner to Arizona.
Chan has pleaded not guilty and is free on bond and electronic ankle brace monitoring in Santa Fe awaiting trial.

The county’s records on Martin, Day argues in his filing, “would likely reveal, among other things, Martin’s proclivity for violence, his dangerous tendencies, and/or his general mental stability.”

“That information is material to a self-defense claim by Defendant Chan and (is) likely to corroborate testimony by witnesses to Deputy Martin’s violent and aggressive behavior on the night of his death,” says Day’s filing. The records also “may help explain why Deputy Martin acted as an aggressor toward Deputy Chan the night of the shooting and what elements may have led to what the evidence shows to be Martin’s violent and aggressive behavior that evening,” Day maintains.

 

 


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