Judge approves release of Albuquerque realtor accused of murder


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque real estate agent accused of running over and killing a homeless man with his Hummer is getting out of jail.

It comes after a series of bad behavior.

Chris Pino’s been locked up since November when he tested positive for meth and alcohol, and allegedly made threats to his own family.

Thursday, Judge Cristina Jaramillo expressed concerns after being asked to let him out of jail.

“The court’s concern is significant anger management issues and use of what can be considered deadly weapons when he loses his temper,” Judge Jaramillo said.

Pino was first arrested in May when police say he ran over a homeless man with his Hummer outside a church in Nob Hill because of he was sick of thieves stealing from him.

Prior to that, police video from 2015 shows Pino when he was investigated for ramming his Hummer into a home he co-owned in order to prevent it from going on the market.

His family recently asked the judge to not let him out of jail for his dad’s funeral because he had threatened to kill them. Thursday, his attorneys argued he’s doing better.

The state asked for a high bond or intense supervision, ultimately agreeing to the Community Custody Program and GPS monitoring. The judge granted it with a warning.

“I’ll authorize CCP with weekly counseling… understand, defense, if he violates CCP requirements and they remand him he’s not getting back out,” Judge Jaramillo said.

That counseling is anger management, which Pino said he’d pay for himself. He’ll also be tested regularly for drugs, which he’s had a problem with in the past.

The family of the man who Pino is accused of killing, Daniel Arballo, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. That matter is set to go to court in March.

Pino is set to go to trial for the murder charge in July.

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