Judge, MDC disagree over murder suspect’s terms of release


The Albuquerque realtor accused of running over and killing a homeless man is out of jail. However, the judge who granted his release was not happy with the jail’s decision to keep him from a program to better himself.

Christopher Pino was arrested last year when police say he hit and killed a homeless man with his Hummer.

Pino, an Albuquerque realtor, claimed he was tired of the homeless stealing from his building in Nob Hill. He was charged with second degree murder.

In January, Judge Cristina Jaramillo agreed to release Pino into the Community Custody Program (CCP) at MDC.

However, the jail denied the judge’s request and Pino has been behind bars ever since.

Tuesday in court, MDC”s attorney once again denied Judge Jaramillo’s order to release Pino into the CCP.

According to MDC, inmates who have been charged with murder are not allowed to participate in the program.

Pino’s rejection into the program didn’t sit well with Judge Jaramillo.

“When other people, much more dangerous, much more unfit for CCP were let out. And if you want me to do that, I will do that. I will bring in… I want every record of every person that has been gone through CCP in the last 18 months. And I want to have that Board indicate to me, what makes Mr. Pino unfit, despite my order,” she said.

A spokesperson with MDC says at this time, there will be no comment on Judge Jaramillo’s request for records of inmates who have been through the CCP in the last 18-months.

Christopher Pino was released on his own recognizance Tuesday. He will be on pre-trial services.

MDC says it is ultimately the jail’s decision on whether to accept someone into the CCP.

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