The 5 Facts You Need to Know
1. Closing arguments are set to begin in the trial of accused cop killer Andrew Romero. Thursday was the first and only day the defense presented its case. Romero’s attorney brought in an expert witness who said just because Romero’s DNA was found on the handgun that killed Rio Rancho Officer Gregg Benner, doesn’t mean he wasn’t necessarily the shooter. The prosecution maintains Romero shot the officer.
2. The family of an unarmed black man shot and killed by police say they’re happy the officer involved is now charged. Thursday night, Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby turned herself in on manslaughter charges after shooting and killing Terence Crutcher. Helicopter video shows Crutcher with his hands up as he’s walking back to his SUV, but there’s dispute over what happened moments before Officer Shelby opened fire. If she’s convicted, she faces between four years and life in prison.
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3. Friday, breezy and partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 70’s to lower 80’s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Friday night, mostly clear and breezy with lows in the upper 30’s to lower 40’s. West winds 15 to 25 mph in the evening.
4. The state is dealing with a sports referee shortage, so they’re asking people to sign up. The New Mexico Activities Association says sports officials from Albuquerque are having to travel all across the state to fill a void.
5. New Mexico Author and Poet Rudolfo Anaya received the National Humanities Medal at the White House on Thursday. President Obama presented him with the medal. Anaya is famous for works like “Bless Me Ultima” and “The Legend of la Llorona.”
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