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.