It’s been more than three years since Albuquerque Police Officer Daniel Webster was killed. Now, jury selection is underway for the man accused of killing him, and the career criminal faces life in prison if convicted.
Within the last year, the judge on the case has ruled on dozens of motions that include key pieces of evidence and whether or not that evidence will be introduced at trial.
Officer Webster was shot during a traffic stop in October 2015.
Hours after police say he gunned down one of their own during a traffic stop in October 2015, Davon Lymon had a message for the officer’s family.
“If you see that person, that guy’s family, tell them, I’m so sorry, please,“ Lymon said.
“Sorry“ because following the shooting and an hours-long manhunt, a K-9 found Lymon hiding a few blocks away from the scene Yet, the day after the 38-year-old felon was arrested and charged with Officer Webster’s murder, he denied any involvement in front of our cameras.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,“ he said.
Something hard to deny when when the night he was arrested, officers found him with a handcuff still around his left hand.
It’s the pair of handcuffs prosecutors plan to show to the jury next week and explain how Officer Webster managed to get a cuff locked around one of Lymon’s hands before he was shot.
In December, a judge ruled prosecutors will also be allowed show portions of video from that night.
A key witness for prosecutors is the woman who police said was on the back of Lymon’s motorcycle, but Savannah Garcia’s been known to skip out on hearings leading up to the trial.
Lymon’s defense has claimed she was never there that night. The Attorney General’s office, who’s handling the case, did not say if she’s expected to take the stand during trial.
The state has a pending motion right now to exclude all defense witnesses because prosecutors claim they missed a deadline.
Lymon was already convicted federally for having the gun that was used in Officer Webster’s shooting. He’s currently serving a 38-year sentence.
District Court Judge Neil Candelaria also requested that officers who attend the trial dress in civilian clothes and not in uniform, so they don’t influence the jury.
Jury selection could last throughout next week.