Motion: Murder charge against Tai Chan should be dropped due to lack of evidence

Tai Chan, man accused of killing fellow deputy to face judge
Tai Chan

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The attorney for a former Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputy accused of killing another is fighting to exclude certain witnesses from his upcoming trial.

Tai Chan is accused of shooting Deputy Jeremy Martin in 2014 while on a prisoner transport in Las Cruces. Chan has pleaded not guilty and has been claiming self-defense.

On Monday, Tai Chan’s attorney has filed a motion asking for one of his charges to be dropped due to lack of evidence.

The motion, filed May 12, claims there was no basis in the case to charge Tai Chan with first degree murder. The attorney says the motion asserts that there is not enough evidence to prove that Chan premeditated the murder of Deputy Jeremy Martin.

The motion is clear and states, “There is, in this discovery, not a single shred of evidence to support a first degree homicide charge.”

Chan is scheudled to go on trial next week.

On Tuesday, his attorney also fought to keep Martin’s widow from taking the stand for the prosecution. 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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