1. The opening statements are set to begin in the re-trial of former Santa Fe County Deputy Tai Chan. The former deputy is charged with murder for the shooting death of his law enforcement partner deputy Jeremy Martin at a Las Cruces hotel in 2014. Tuesday will be the first time both prosecutors and the defense will speak to a new jury all of them picked on the first day. Prosecutors say there was intent charging him with first-degree murder. The defense has claimed self-defense. Chan’s first trial ended in a hung jury. After opening statements the jury is expected to visit the crime scene in person. KRQE News 13 will be live streaming from the courtroom.
2. Spotty showers continue to favor far western NM this morning with a few spotty storms found farther north over the higher terrain.
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3. Today a motion hearing could impact the trials for the three suspects charged with the murder of 10-year-old Victoria Martens. Victoria’s mother, Michelle Martens, Fabian Gonzales, and Jessica Kelley are all charged. Police recovered a smartphone Michelle sold and a laptop Gonzales pawned in the weeks before Victoria was murdered. Prosecutors will look for any possible evidence. Also, a judge is set to decide the order of a trial for the three suspects.
4. Democratic lawmakers from New Mexico are hoping to pass a federal legislation to stop schools from ‘lunch shaming” kids if their parents owe a school lunch debt. Instead of making do chores to make up the money owed or offering a cheese sandwich instead of a hot meal. The bill mirrors a state law that directs schools to work with parents to pay their debts or to sign up for federal meal assistance.
5. A teacher from Santa Fe is soaking in the glory after winning on Jeopardy. Gail Ansheles a kindergarten teacher from El Dorado community school in Santa Fe made her big appearance Tuesday night. She defended a strong lead and was the only contestant to get the final Jeopardy correct. It will give all contestants a $2,500 educational grant to fund classroom projects.
Full Story: Santa Fe kindergarten teacher wins on Jeopardy!
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