ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Michael Guzman has spent all of his adult life behind bars and now the 50-year-old is hoping his days in a prison cell will soon come to an end.
According to court documents, the convicted murderer plans to present new evidence at a hearing Thursday in front of District Court Judge Ross Sanchez.
Guzman has identified a witness to testify he was on pain medication and drinking the night he kidnapped two University of New Mexico students and killed one of them.
It's something that was not brought up as a part of his defense during his first trial.
Guzman was 18-years-old when he kidnapped the two coeds at knife point as they walked to Frontier for a coffee break in 1981.
Guzman took the victims to Tijeras, where he raped one and stabbed both of them repeatedly leaving them to die.
One of them survived.
"She survived the un-survivable as far as I'm concerned," author Joyce Nance told KRQE News 13 in a 2012 interview.
Nance was talking about Colene Bush. Bush's best friend, Julie Jackson, then 19-years-old, was raped then killed.
Guzman was convicted of Jackson's murder in 1982.
"To her, it's as if it happened only yesterday," Nance said.
Guzman was sentenced to death but his sentence was commuted. He has been filing habeas corpus petitions challenging different aspects of the case for years, many of them going nowhere.
However, this latest one amended from its original version filed in 2007 made it all the way to an evidentiary hearing.
Guzman is trying to prove he was on pain meds and drinking and did not intend to kill Jackson or Bush, meaning he should not have been convicted of first degree murder.
As part of his petition, Guzman claims the defense attorney in his first trial did not properly seek out evidence to support the claims of him drinking and taking medication.
In response to the petition, prosecutors cited Guzman's three separate confessions in 1981 that he was not drunk, not on pills, or stoned the night of the crime.
Guzman is hoping to have his sentence overturned and granted a new trial.
Police responded to dozens of weather-related crashes in only a matter of hours Sunday.
A small plane crashed at about 8 a.m. Sunday morning on the Canyon Rim Trail near N.M. 502 and the entrance of Los Alamos.
Sunday night in Albuquerque and around the world people gathered for candlelight vigils to remember the loss of their children.
Department of Agriculture officials are warning customers to not get burned when buying firewood.
Church groups, parents and teachers met Sunday at the 20th annual Albuquerque Interfaith Convention. State education reform was their central focus.
Police officers were called out to Lovelace Hospital on Saturday after a patient woke up to find his laptop missing.