ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – After deliberating for eight hours Friday, the jury was sent home without reaching a verdict in the murder trial of two former Albuquerque police officers.
This is a three-day weekend for the court because of Columbus Day, so the jury will resume deliberations on Tuesday.
The jury deliberated for an hour Thursday. They then came back Friday morning at 8:30 and started again.
Both Sandy and Perez are facing second degree murder charges for shooting and killing James Boyd as he held two pocket knives.
Prosecutors have said the shooting didn’t need to happen, and the homeless camper was turning away to surrender when the officers opened fire.
The defense claims they were protecting a fellow K-9 handler who got too close to Boyd.
So far the jury has had only one request Friday, asking for an inventory of the more than 50 exhibits presented in court over the past two and half weeks including audio tapes, video, and documents.
“I haven’t seen how they were collected and given to the jury but I expect that there our disks,” said Judge Alisa Hadfield. “I don’t know how their labeled or if they’re labeled clearly. So it looks like their requesting an inventory with a brief description to help them sift through all these exhibits.”
Sandy also faces an alternative charge of aggravated battery. That could carry up to three years in prison.
If Perez and Sandy are convicted of murder that’s up to 15 years.