Trial begins for man accused of fatally stabbing stranger in South Valley Albertsons


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The trial started on Wednesday for a man accused of stabbing a stranger to death at a South Valley Albertsons. Prosecutors say the victim Daniel Sandoval was walking into the store at Rio Bravo and Isleta with his wife in 2018.

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In Wednesday’s opening statements, the prosecutor said the couple was joking in their car and by chance, made fleeting eye contact with Lucas Herron in the parking lot. He says Herron took offense to that and confronted Sandoval, an argument ensued and Sandoval threw a punch at Herron and Herron stabbed Sandoval.

The defense argued Herron does not see well and did not understand what was happening.

The defense says Herron acted in self-defense. “He’s got the knife all ready to go, and he just sticks it right in the center of Mr. Sandoval’s chest, aiming for the heart and essentially hits the heart,” said David Waymire, deputy district attorney.

The trial is expected to last through October 13.

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