Murder charges dropped in 2019 gas station shooting

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Charges have been dropped against a man accused of murdering two men at an Albuquerque gas station. Investigators say James Chavez shot James Ronquillo and Jesus Lopez in 2019.


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Authorities say Chavez was loitering and was asked to leave the Circle K when he shot the men. In December, a witness testified during the trial that he could no longer remember events leading up to the shooting.

The judge declared a mistrial. Prosecutors now say they can’t retry Chavez because they no longer have enough evidence to move forward with a second trial.

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