Chaves County to convene temporary grand jury

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) – Chaves County will convene a temporary grand jury, though not for as long as petitioners requested.

The Roswell Daily Record reports that Judges of the Fifth Judicial District on Thursday denied a petition requesting a grand jury in the county for 18 months, but instead exercised their authority to convene one for a three-month period.

The state Constitution allows citizens to create a grand jury if at least 2 percent of a county’s registered voters request it.

The grand jury will convene for three months beginning in February to consider criminal cases.

Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh, who filed paperwork last month to create a grand jury, said Monday it was unclear if the grand jury ordered by the judges would be extended beyond three months.

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