Man accused in deadly Albuquerque car chase argues to have trial moved

Crime

The trial for a man accused of taking police on a deadly cross-city chase in a stolen RV and killing an innocent bystander could be moved. 

Police say in summer of 2017, David Barber caused a string of crashes across Albuquerque while fleeing from officers. 

The pursuit came to an end when police made a tactical maneuver to stop the RV, but instead they say Barber drove into oncoming traffic, killing Tito Pacheco. 

Wednesday in court, his attorneys asked for the trial to be moved out of Bernalillo County because of extensive media attention. 

The judge says she wants to see if a jury can be seated before moving the trial. 

Barber’s attorneys are also trying to get his felony murder charge thrown out, saying Barber never meant to kill anyone, so the crime doesn’t fit a murder charge. That motion was not heard Wednesday.

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