ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – One of the suspects once charged with the murder of a Manzano High School student is now suing the city and an Albuquerque Police Department detective for false arrest and malicious prosecution.
Nine months later, all charges against him and friend Donovan Maez were dropped. At the time, investigators said they didn’t have enough evidence to tie the pair to the crime and ended up arresting someone else.
Now, Cruz has filed a lawsuit saying a detective coerced false statements from witnesses and failed to properly investigate, knowing no probable cause existed for the murder charges.
It would ultimately be up to a jury to decide if he is owed any damages, and if so how much.
“If you get hurt and have medical bills and lost time, jury can give you back. They cannot give Chris time back, gone forever. You miss things, he missed the funeral of his brother who tragically died while in jail. I don’t know how you put value on that,” Cruz’s attorney told KRQE News 13.
His attorney says the interview procedures used in this case are partly to blame for what happened and hopes the lawsuit will also spark change within APD.