Trial for attorney who shot homeless man gets OK from judge

Chip Venie

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque attorney who shot a homeless man who came into his office will now face a trial. The whole thing was caught on camera and throughout it all he says he did nothing wrong.

After two and a half years and a rollercoaster ride through the courts, a Los Lunas judge found enough evidence Tuesday for the case to go to trial.

It was back in August of 2012, Stephen Biddinger, laid on the porch of the attorney’s office as police responded. A gunshot hit Biddinger in the leg as he stepped into Venie’s downtown Albuquerque law office.

It’s been in the hands of multiple prosecutors. After charges had been dropped against Venie they were brought back November of last year.

Tuesday a judge gave the case a green-light and it will now go to trial.

KRQE News 13 spoke with Venie in December and he’s sticking to his story.

“I’m completely innocent of these charges. I never asked for what happened. I was just walking back from work and was beset upon,” Venie said.

The trial itself will take place in Albuquerque. It should start sometime this summer. Venie faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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