SOCORRO, N.M. (KRQE) - A former New Mexico district court judge, disgraced after a high profile DWI case, is in the hospital fighting for his life.
Police say he was attacked in his Socorro, N.M. law office just after 7 p.m. Friday night. They're still searching for whoever is responsible, and are calling the case an aggravated battery. Police add the former judge has very severe injuries.
Residents who work near the law office on the corner of California and Wal streets told News 13 they heard what sounded like a loud car crash just before police arrived. When they got there, investigators dispatched emergency crews and Fitch was taken to a Socorro hospital and then transferred to UNM Hospital in Albuquerque. His condition is not being released, but a NM State Police official said it was still touch and go Saturday evening. That morning investigators combed the scene of the crime where stains marked the walls and evidence markers dotted the floor.
"This is a nice, calm town, and you can walk safely on the streets at night," said resident Jose Gonzalez. "Now I'm going to think about it." Gonzalez and others say they are on edge, especially because whoever is responsible for the attack has yet to be caught. "We are conducting interviews and following leads that we do have in this investigation," said NM State Police Sergeant Troy Weisler. "All that we would ask is if the public does have any information in this case to contact the State Police office in Albuquerque."
Fitch resigned from the bench in February of 2005 after a high profile DWI crash. He drove his county owned van into a ditch in Santa Fe. Police found a bottle of vodka inside and the judge blew twice the legal limit when he was arrested. Fitch is in his late sixties.
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