New Mexico appeals court overturns convictions in DWI case

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SANTA FE (AP) – The New Mexico Court of Appeals has overturned the convictions of a man in a 2011 fatal DWI case.

The panel ruled that a Santa Fe trial judge erred by not suppressing evidence from the warrantless search of defendant Juan Cordova’s home that resulted in his arrest.

The ruling also calls into question the circumstances of how Cordova was arrested and tested for being drunk.

It’s unclear if the ruling by the appeals court will result in a new trial for Cordova.

The state Attorney General’s Office was reviewing the opinion Tuesday before deciding whether to appeal to the New Mexico Supreme Court.

Cordova was convicted in December 2012 of vehicular homicide and other charges in the death of a motorcyclist near Chimayo and sentenced to 29 years in prison.

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