SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – The woman charged with killing a mother and daughter while fleeing in a stolen vehicle will remain behind bars until trial despite a challenge from her attorney.
The District Court judge approved a request to keep Elexus Groves locked up using a new constitutional amendment. It allows a no bond hold for defendants who are deemed a serious danger to the community.
However, her attorney argued the judge was abusing his discretion because Groves had no serious criminal history, and she has not been convicted of that deadly crash that killed 14-year-old Shaylee Boling and her mother, Shaunna Arredondo Boling.
Wednesday, the state Supreme Court weighed in.
“We have unanimously determined that the judge did not abuse his discretion in making a decision on that case,” Justice Charles Daniels said.
The justices also provided some guidance on how to proceed with this amendment in the future. District Attorney Raul Torrez argued it wasn’t working how they envisioned.
More often than not, judges have been denying their no bond hold requests, saying they needed to follow a set of rules.
The justice said there is no cookie cutter format and judges need to use their own discretion about what evidence they need in each case to prove a person is a danger.