Judge refuses to grant plea deal to convicted murderer

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A judge has refused to grant a plea deal to a man accused of raping and murdering an Albuquerque woman.

Truett Thomas was already convicted back in 2012 for the first-degree murder and rape of Guadalupe Ashford in 2010. But a judge reversed the verdict on appeal after Thomas claimed he didn’t get to confront one of the witnesses directly, a forensic expert who testified via Skype.

The court ordered a new trial and Tuesday, Thomas tried to plead “no contest,” but the judge said he would only allow a deal if Thomas pleaded “guilty.”

The defense says that’s an unexpected turn.

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