ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department detective who led the investigation into the deadly police shooting of James Boyd was on the stand Wednesday. He gave the jury his play-by-play description of how the standoff with the homeless camper went down before two police officers shot him.
Det. Geoffery Stone walked the jury through his investigation showing them pictures and video leading up to the shooting.
The lead investigator showed a video of APD Open Space officers before Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez ever arrived at the scene. In the video, officers ask Boyd, who was illegally camping in the foothills, to drop his knives over and over again.
Prosecutors made a point that the Open Space Officers backed away from Boyd when he wouldn’t drop his knives and did not shoot him.
The prosecution said things worsened with the involvement of Det. Keith Sandy, a member of a specialized unit that focused on violent repeat offenders, called ROP.
Prosecutors said Sandy was mistakenly called for a Taser shotgun.
When dispatch called back to say he wasn’t needed, Sandy said he was already on his way.
Upon arrival, Sandy was caught on camera making controversial comments about Boyd.
After a lot of private discussion in court Wednesday among the judge and the attorneys as Sandy watched and waited in his seat, it was decided that the jury won’t get to watch that video until later.
“I don’t object to it overall, but I object to it with this witness,” said Sam Bregman, Sandy’s attorney.
Testimony on Wednesday showed Sandy called his ROP team sergeant to the scene and told him to bring a K9.
“The whole reason that defendant Sandy got this call was to bring what to the scene?,” Special Prosecutor Randi McGinn asked Det. Stone.
“A Taser shotgun,” Stone replied.
However, Stone said Sandy passed it off, deciding he would use his rifle.
The prosecution also pointed out the decision to call off field officers, which included crisis intervention officers.
“Does he say he was involved to pull field officers off?” McGinn asked.
“Yes,” Stone replied.
Officers who didn’t have guns drawn were replaced.
That’s when, prosecutors said, Boyd got really agitated.
“He didn’t like them there. He was afraid for them being there but then he would get into being angry and say that he wasn’t the one going to die that night,” Stone testified.
The defense did not yet get the opportunity to question Det. Stone on the stand, but they have maintained that Sandy isn’t to blame for a threatening suspect.
The defense has said Sandy and Perez did their duty to protect an officer who was feet away from Boyd, a man armed with knives.
The detective also told the jury that he did not interview Perez and Sandy until two days after the shooting. The detective said that’s because Sandy already had an attorney when he got to the scene.
The detective also said Perez and Sandy were not separated the two days before the interview.
“Was there anything that prevented them from talking to each other between the time of the shooting and two days later when you interviewed defendant Sandy,” asked McGinn. “Well, I wasn’t in control of that, so no,” said Det. Stone.
Det. Stone did tell the jury that there are some benefits to waiting to do an interview.
“The thought process is when they come to give me a statement, they will have better recall of the incident, better facts of the incident, to give to me for my case,” said Det. Stone.
The judge dismissed a juror Wednesday morning after a witness said he heard the juror talking about the case on the phone outside the courtroom.