ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Both prosecution and defense lawyers for two former Albuquerque police officers are preparing to head back into court.
The former APD officers Dominique Perez and Keith Sandy are charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of homeless camper James Boyd. They shot and killed Boyd in a long stand off in the Foothills back in 2014.
Both Perez and Sandy claim the shooting was in self-defense because Boyd had two knives.
While opening statements are not expected to begin until Monday, both sides will continue fighting over what they want and don’t want the jury to hear.
One of the items both sides really focused on Thursday was a computer aided dispatch report from the officers who responded to the scene.
A “CAD” report is a list that shows reasons why an officer is called to a scene. It includes a brief description of what those officers believe is happening once they arrive on scene.
Prosecutors argued that the defense wants to use portions that are unconfirmed and just hearsay. But the defense believes the prosecution can’t have it both ways, using portions of the CAD report for themselves.
A jury was also selected this week. Those jurors could also find the former officers guilty of a less charge of voluntary manslaughter.
Opening statements in the trial are scheduled for Monday.