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State asks to transfer schizophrenic defendant from Taos County jail

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 2/13/20

The state is requesting that a Taos District Court judge transfer a schizophrenic defendant to a state prison before trial after the defendant allegedly battered multiple people inside the Taos County jail.

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State asks to transfer schizophrenic defendant from Taos County jail

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The state is requesting that a Taos District Court judge transfer a schizophrenic defendant to a state prison before trial after the defendant allegedly battered multiple people inside the Taos County jail.

Jerry Lee Gutierrez was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in early November for allegedly threatening a security truck driver with a knife outside the Allsup’s near Taos Pueblo. The guard drew his sidearm, pointed it at the 27-year-old and asked him to back away. Gutierrez grabbed the firearm, the guard fired a shot – missing him – and Gutierrez fled to the parking lot of Michael’s Kitchen, where he was arrested by Taos Police.

After the arrest, Gutierrez’s public defense attorney, James Mamalis, informed the court that Gutierrez is schizophrenic. Mamalis said that, prior to the incident, his client had been released from the county jail, whose administrators failed to properly administer his medication.

At a Feb. 6 hearing to request a transfer for Gutierrez, the 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office argued that the defendant had battered several individuals, including detainees and at least one jail guard, since he was incarcerated at the jail.

Mamalis, however, said Gutierrez’s behavior has improved in recent weeks and medication to treat his illness is now being administered to him properly.

“The most recent allegation of any problems in the jail was from more than six weeks ago. This and other information presented in court suggest that any psychiatric concerns have been addressed fairly well, and that a transfer to another facility could disrupt my client’s care,” Mamalis said.

A jury trial in Gutierrez’s case has been tentatively scheduled for June 23.

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