April 12 Morning Rush: Closing arguments expected as Lymon finishes testimony in murder trial

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1. Friday, closing arguments are scheduled to be heard in the case of accused cop killer Davon Lymon. The jury will be considering a lot including hearing from Lymon himself. Thursday in court, Lymon told jurors he’s a human being with feelings and that he’s a black man who feared for his life when Officer Webster pulled him over. He says he thought Officer Webster had a gun pointing to his head that night. Prosecutors used lapel video in court showing that Officer Webster’s gun was back in its holster and that Lymon could see it was no longer in his hands as Webster tried to cuff him. A jury will now decide the fate of Lymon who is charged with first-degree murder. He faces life without parole if convicted. 

Full story: Lymon finishes testimony in murder trial, case prepares to head to jury


2. This morning, police are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing endangered man from Albuquerque. State Police say 32-year-old Patrick Ryan Golden was last seen on Monday. His car was found abandoned a day later on I-25 just south of Springer. Police say he may be heading to Denver. 

Full story: Police searching for missing Albuquerque man


3. Our next storm approaches from the west and will give way to spotty to scattered showers near the western state line Friday afternoon. These showers will be a mix of rain and high mountain snow with accumulating snow likely in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains beginning Friday night.

Full story: Kristen’s Friday Morning Forecast


4. The state could be headed to court to battle over a controversial gun law. This comes after Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, for the second time, rejected a petition to have voters decide on the law. The law requires background checks for guns sold privately and at gun shows. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the issue might be taken up in court. House Republicans have said before they are fully prepared to take legal action for the citizens of New Mexico.

Full story: Sec. of State rejects gun law referendum petition for second time


5. Several homeless New Mexico children are documenting their future in a unique program called Pictures of Hope. Local kids were given cameras and mentors then taught them about photography. Their assignment was to capture their hopes and dreams. The group behind the project says the number of homeless children is at its highest in some parts of the nation. They say this project gives the students a different view of the world they live in. The students’ photographs will be displayed next month at a special exhibition.

Full story:  Organization gives Albuquerque youth a look at a brighter future through camera lens


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