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James Boyd's Shooting Death Drops to Second-Degree Murder

By    |   Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 10:14 AM

Two officers who shot and killed homeless James Boyd in Albuquerque last year now face second degree murder after the first-degree murder charges initially filed against them were dropped.

Albuquerque Police Department officer Dominique Perez and former officer Keith Sandy shot James Boyd, 36, when he refused to leave his campsite after a standoff of several hours in 2014, according to NBC News. Boyd, described as mentally ill, was armed with two knives.

Both officers each fired three shots at Boyd, and a helmet-cam video that captured the incident sparked outrage and protests in Albuquerque. Boyd’s death was among 40 shootings involving Albuquerque police since 2010, according to The Christian Science Monitor. Before Boyd’s death, the U.S. Department of Justice had been investigating allegations of misuse of force by the city's police.

On June 22, special prosecutor Randi McGinn’s office announced the decision to drop the first-degree murder charges against the two officers and instead pursue charges of second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, and aggravated assault charges, according to KRQE News 13. The reduction in the primary charge means Perez and Sandy no longer face the possibility of life sentences.

McGinn decided to forgo the original charges because she didn't think she could convince a jury that the shooting was premeditated, noted KRQE. However, because Boyd had not given the officers “sufficient provocation,” McGinn believed Perez and Sandy knew they would likely kill him.

One of Perez’s lawyers, Luis Robles, told NBC News that Perez was “relieved” that the original charges against him were dropped and that Perez “did what he was supposed to do and acted in conformity” with the law.

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