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. 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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