ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – New questions have emerged in the wrongful death lawsuit against a former Albuquerque Police sergeant involved in a deadly crash.
The victim’s attorneys want to know what happened to potentially crucial evidence.
A judge already sentenced former Albuquerque Police Sgt. Adam Casaus to 90 days in jail for careless driving in the criminal case, but before that, Casaus taught traffic safety to APD cadets.
“We can’t have mad chaos on the streets,” Casaus told cadets in training. “We can’t let people drive as fast as they want. That’s how people die.”
Later, Casaus was accused of speeding through a red light at Paseo del Norte and Eagle Ranch Road in his APD SUV, killing 21-year-old Ashley Browder on Feb. 10, 2013.
Disputing witness testimony, Casaus argues he had a green light.
And while investigators didn’t find evidence of it, he says he was chasing a drunk driver.
These are questions attorneys for the Browder family say crucial evidence could have helped answer. Instead, there are now questions about what happened to that evidence.
In court documents, attorneys say the Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) had access to at least three traffic cameras that could have helped show what led to the deadly crash.
Several law enforcement officers watched the footage but when it came time to burn the video to a disc, a sergeant said he mistakenly pulled video from the wrong day.
APD says in most cases, that video only stays on the server for about 24 hours, so it’s much too late to access it now.
Browders’ attorneys don’t believe the video would have shown the crash, but they say it could have shown the flow of traffic to help prove once and for all if Casaus ran a red light.
The city tells KRQE News 13 that after a request today from the judge, attorneys are working to get more information about what investigators saw on the footage and what happened to it.
APD fired Casaus three months after the crash, saying an Internal Affairs investigation showed he violated department procedures.
The Browder family attorneys say the case is set for trial in Las Cruces in October.