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New Mexico Gov. Martinez Fights to Restore Death Penalty After Horrific Murders

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By    |   Tuesday, 13 Sep 2016 12:29 PM

In the wake of recent brutal murders, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has rekindled her battle to bring back the death penalty, the Washington Times reports.

Two police officers and three girls are the latest casualties of horrific murders that have rocked New Mexico.

"The man who killed Officer Jose Chavez from Hatch Police Department for a simple traffic stop, people need to ask themselves, Do those people that are charged deserve the ultimate penalty, which is the death penalty?'" Martinez told KRQE-TV. "I say, 'Yes, they do.'"

New Mexico abolished the death penalty in 2009. The state is one of the nearly 20 without capital punishment.

Martinez, who won her first term in 2010 as a staunch supporter of capital punishment, said that state legislatures need to act on the issue from January. The push has already got critics voicing their opinion.

According to KRQE News, Democratic Senate Majority Whip Michael Padilla says Martinez's focus is alarming. He pointed out that the state's priority should be on unemployment, the budget and failing schools.

New Mexico Bishops spokesperson Allen Sanchez says the proposal deviates from the real issues being faced by the state. "We're going to see a possibility of cuts to programs to the needy, to the hungry, to the poor, to the working poor, and this is what she brings forward as a priority," said Sanchez.

The announcement couldn't come at a better time for the Governor as she has already been gaining support from the public post recent murders.

According to NM Political Report, a survey released August 23 found 59 percent of registered New Mexico voters said they were for death penalty, while 34 percent opposed it and 8 percent were undecided.

The outcome of the November elections plays a crucial role in determining the Governor's success as Martinez has been accused of "focusing her energy on moving New Mexico backwards instead of forwards."

"Talk about misplaced priorities. If Governor Martinez wants to address the safety of our police officers, she should focus on investing in real solutions that increase the safety of our communities," the New Mexico Democratic Party said in a statement.

Within a month after Officer Billy Chavez was killed, Alamogordo Police Officer Clint Corvinus, lost his life in a shootout on September 2.

On May 2, 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike was abducted, sexually assaulted, beaten with a tire iron and left for dead in the New Mexico desert.

"I think of poor Ashlynne and the horror she went through. Does the monster who killed her deserve the ultimate punishment? Yes, absolutely," Martinez said in a statement released on August 17.

In late August, another tragedy hit New Mexico when Victoria Martens, 10, was slaughtered in Albuquerque. Police claim that the girls were drugged, raped and strangled by friends of her mother, according to a CNN report.

The brutal crimes have cemented Matinez's chances of coming back to power.

"People need to ask themselves if the man who ambushed and killed five police officers in Dallas had lived, would he deserve the ultimate penalty? How about the heartless violent criminals who killed Officer Jose Chavez in Hatch and left his children without their brave and selfless dad?" said Martinez.

"Do they deserve the ultimate penalty? Absolutely. Because a society that fails to adequately protect and defend those who protect all of us is a society that will be undone and unsafe."

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In the wake of recent brutal murders, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has rekindled her battle to bring back the death penalty, the Washington Times reports.
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