Judge dismisses scrapbook case

TIJERAS, N.M. (KRQE) – Charges against the woman at the center of a scrapbook squabble have been dismissed.

A judge ruled Thursday there was not enough evidence that Floy Watson stole scrapbooks from a senior center.

Despite the ruling, it looks like Watson’s fight is far from over.

Floy and a group of supporters celebrated in court when they learned the case was closed.

But KRQE News 13 learned it may not be.

Floy Watson appeared in court Thursday morning for her trial.

She was charged with stealing scrapbooks from the Tijeras Senior Center back in January and banned from the center by the Village of Tijeras.

“We have no police report, we have no witness statements, we have no video, we have absolutely nothing from the prosecution side,” Watson’s attorney Terri Keller said.

A Bernalillo County deputy couldn’t provide any evidence of Watson stealing the scrapbooks.

“I feel somewhat vindicated, but I wish Doris could have been here,” Watson said.

The judge said Watson can return to the senior center.

She and her friend, Doris Lark were accused by the village of stealing scrapbooks that Lark insists she created and paid for.

Lark died before her trial and her case was dismissed.

“I’m glad it’s over but I’m going back to the senior center, and if they want to have me kicked out, arrested or anything, OK because I am going back, I’m going to be with my friends,” said Watson.

But after court the village attorney sent a notice saying “the no trespass order for Watson is still in effect.”

Watson’s attorney wants to know why.

The mayor has been dodging News 13 questions for months, she finally spoke Thursday.

News 13 asked her why Watson is still banned from the senior center hear from her later on KRQE at 10.

Watson’s attorney said there are potential grounds for a civil rights violation lawsuit in this case.

And now the scrapbook squabble has spilled into the village council meetings.

Council members were quoted in the local independent newspaper saying they wanted the mayor to dismiss charges against Watson.

One council member said “the council was told “historical pictures” had been taken, and thought the photos were from the 1800s.”

The mayor claims council members are throwing her under the bus, adding she did not mislead the council.

The council will discuss the case at their regular meeting Monday night at 6.

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