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DA: No Skate Park Charges

DA: No Skate Park Charges

Brandenburg says Video of Jaquise Lewis Killing Inconclusive

Video Suggests Jaquise Lewis Had a Gun


Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg says her office will not pursue charges against Greg Buchanan, the man who fatally shot 17-year-old Jaquise Lewis at the Los Altos Skate Park last year.

“There are a lot of obstacles to going forward, the crime scene, there were a lot of people, the evidence was scattered, no guns were recovered and there were more than 20 shell casings,” Bandenburg told ABQ Free Press Weekly.

The shooting occurred during a brawl at the skate park on March 22, 2015. Dozens of shots were fired, Lewis was fatally shot and six others were injured. Buchanan told police that he shot Lewis in self-defense.

Lawyers for Lewis’ family said Jaquise didn’t have a gun and that he fired no shots that night.

Brandenburg said the video of the shooting wasn’t clear, and that although Jaquise’s family said he didn’t have a gun, the video showed that Lewis’ “posture would indicate a gun.”

“It looks like he could possibly have had a gun,” Bandenburg said. “We just don’t think we have a case that we can go forward with.”

Brandenburg said the decision to not press charges against Buchanan came after many hours of discussions by attorneys in her office and that the decision to not prosecute was unanimous.

“No one felt that we had want we needed to go forward ethically,” Brandenburg said.

An attorney for Lewis’ mother, Munah Green, said he was disappointed in Brandenburg’s decision.




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