Suspect in UNM baseball player slaying appears before a judge


The man accused of murdering a University of New Mexico baseball player appeared in court Sunday morning for the first time. Darian Bashir was captured Saturday after being on the run for a week.

As of right now, Bashir isn’t going anywhere, at least until he sees a District Court judge. Albuquerque Police say Darian Bashir shot and killed UNM baseball player, Jackson Weller.

Weller was gunned down last Saturday in Nob Hill when police say he was involved in a fight. Bashir was not in that fight, but pulled out a gun and shot Weller in the chest.

Authorities finally caught up with Bashir early Saturday morning and arrested him at an apartment complex in the heights. An APD spokesperson would not tell us which complex but said they were there specifically to look for Bashir.

Sunday morning, Bashir faced Metro Court Judge David Murphy to be arraigned. He informed Bashir the state filed a motion to hold him behind bars until trial.

That means the case goes over to District Court for a judge to agree or disagree with the state’s motion. This will be the third time the state has tried to keep Bashir locked up, Once, for allegedly shooting someone in the stomach. That case was later dismissed.

Earlier this year, Bashir was charged with shooting from a vehicle. A judge, in that case, said the state didn’t prove he was a danger. He’s slated to go to trial for the shooting form a vehicle case in December.

A court date for Bashir to learn whether he’ll be held behind bars until trial for the Nob Hill shooting, has not been set.

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