DA files voluntary manslaughter charges against Tai Chan again

New Mexico News

There’s a new arrest warrant out for former Santa Fe deputy Tai Chan. 

The Dona Ana County District Attorney has charged Chan with voluntary manslaughter. 

Chan was tried twice for killing fellow deputy Jeremy Martin in 2014 after they got into a drunken argument in Las Cruces. 

Both ended in mistrials after jurors could not reach a verdict. 

Chan was set to go on trial a third time, but last month a judge ruled the state made mistakes filing the case and dismissed it.

“This is the fifth time that this prosecutor has tried to go after Tai Chan. Clearly, it’s an ego situation for him. He’s got his feelings hurt. He’s got his ego bruised, and he’s clearly acting in a way that’s prosecutorial misconduct,” defense attorney John Day said. 

KRQE News 13 was unable to reach the District Attorney for comment Friday night, but he has said in the past, it wasn’t self-defense because Chan shot Martin in the back. He also said he would keep fighting for justice in the death of a police officer.

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