Charges may be re-filed against lawyer in shooting case

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- The DA says she expects to re-file charges against an Albuquerque attorney shown on video shooting a homeless man. Monday, Defense attorney Chip Venie spoke out saying he wants his name cleared in what he calls a bogus case.

“I am completely innocent of all charges and I did nothing wrong on August 28th 2012,” Venie said.

Venie said he acted in self-defense when he shot a man at his downtown law firm.

“If you step foot inside I’m going to kill you,” Venie told the man before he shot him.

He said Stephen Biddinger threatened him and his colleagues, and got physical with him and his wife.

“He pushed us both inside, inside the office, inside the lobby area and there are at least four different witnesses,” recalls Venie.

Venie was charged in with aggravated battery and assault, something he said should have never happened.

“I’ve been unfairly and unjustly prosecuted by the APD and by two different  district attorney’s offices and now I’m being sued by a personal injury attorney who’s demanding more than a million dollars from me,” Venie explained.

The charges were dropped in May. While Venie is trying to clear his name, the DA says he’s not off the hook yet. Roswell District Attorney Janetta Hicks took over the case because of a conflict of interest in Albuquerque. She says the case was only dropped because of a procedural problem but, says they do anticipate re-filing them. Hicks says they wouldn’t have file them if they didn’t have the evidence to back them up.

Venie said he plans on taking legal action against APD and the officers involved in the case sometime this fall. It’s still unclear as to when the DA may re-file the charges.

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