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Widow, witnesses take the stand in deputy’s murder trial

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Prosecutors have begun calling witnesses to the stand in the trial for a former Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy accused of fatally shooting a fellow deputy during an argument.

The first witness to take the stand Tuesday was Sarah Martin, the widow of Deputy Jeremy Martin. Authorities say the deputy was shot and killed at a Las Cruces hotel by Tai Chan during an October 2014 work trip.

Chan, now 29, has been charged with murder in Martin’s death.

Sarah Martin’s testimony lasted several minutes before prosecutors finished questioning. Defense attorneys declined to question her.

Randy Hudson, a guest at the hotel the night of the shooting, also testified, saying he heard a rapid burst of gunfire before three distinct shots were fired.

Chan’s attorney told jurors in opening arguments that evidence indicates he acted in self-defense.