Preliminary hearing arguments came to a close on Tuesday with the judge ruling that former Detective Keith Sandy and Officer Dominique Perez will stand trial for killing James Boyd in March 2014.
Two officers involved in a fatal March 2014 shooting captured in graphic video footage will no longer face first-degree murder charges as prosecutors initially planned.
The district attorney decided to skip a grand jury and charge two officers with an open count of murder.
Two Albuquerque police officers who shot and killed mentally ill, homeless James Boyd last March were charged with murder on Monday, as prosecutor in the case promised more transparency than in similar cases in Missouri and New York.
2014 VICE News Awards: Albuquerque Police Department Award for Worst Policing — Ferguson & St. Louis Police Departments
The Albuquerque Police Department had a pretty rough year. Then came Ferguson.
The city's authorities have fatally shot 26 people in the past four years and have responded to protests against their brutality by infiltrating and secretly recording them.
The mayor of Albuquerque said that demonstrations over the recent police shooting of a homeless man turned into “mayhem" on Sunday.
Footage released by Albuquerque police shows the fatal shooting of James Boyd. His funeral on Tuesday will be followed by demonstrations.