Prosecutors seek to keep Tai Chan locked up until third trial

New Mexico
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Prosecutors are fighting to keep a Santa Fe County deputy accused of fatally shooting a fellow deputy behind bars until his third trial. 

Tai Chan has been tried twice for killing deputy Jeremy Martin in 2014, inside a Las Cruces hotel. 

Chan was set to go to trial for a third time, but last month Judge Conrad Perea ruled the State made mistakes filing the case. 

Last week, the Dona Ana County District Attorney charged Chan with voluntary manslaughter and are now fighting to hold him without bond until he is tried. 

In a motion, prosecutors say “because the defendant drinks to intoxication, becomes belligerent, and uses firearms, the public would not be safe if he his released.” 

A court hearing has not yet been scheduled.

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