The court documents said that Perez 'did kill James Boyd without lawful justification,' and that Sandy 'did kill or aid and abet in the killing'
The special prosecutor in the James Boyd police shooting case has filed second-degree murder charges against two Albuquerque police officers who were involved in the March 2014 fatal shooting of the mentally ill, homeless camper.
Special prosecutor Randi McGinn filed the charges against retired officer Keith Sandy and officer Dominique Perez in Bernalillo County District Court Monday morning. Sandy was also charged with aggravated battery with a firearm enhancement, while Perez was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The court documents said that Perez “did kill James Boyd without lawful justification,” and that Sandy “did kill or aid and abet in the killing.”
The criminal informations filed against Sandy and Perez also said that a judge or jurors in the case could also be instructed to consider the lesser charge of voluntary or involuntary manslaughter against the two.
In January, Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg filed an open count of murder against both Sandy and Perez. Her office was eventually disqualified from the case because of the appearance of a conflict of interest, and she appointed McGinn as the special prosecutor in April. The filing of an open count of murder charge allowed for the possibility of prosecution of the officers for first-degree, or pre-meditated murder, as well as lesser charges.
McGinn’s office said she would not comment on Monday’s filings.
Sandy’s attorney, Sam Bregman, was not immediately available for comment. Nor was attorney Louis Robles, who represents Perez.
A spokeswoman for Brandenburg said the DA had no comment on the case.
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