Sugar Lane murder suspect denied bail

Defense attorney declines to challenge state's motion for no bond

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 11/17/19

A defense attorney assigned to represent a Taos man charged with shooting and killing another man on Sugar Lane in October did not dispute a judge's ruling Monday (Nov. 18) to deny his client bail.

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Sugar Lane murder suspect denied bail

Defense attorney declines to challenge state's motion for no bond

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A defense attorney assigned to represent a Taos man charged with shooting and killing another man on Sugar Lane in October did not dispute a judge's ruling Monday (Nov. 18) to deny his client bail.

After a grand jury indicted Martin Rivera for second-degree murder and six other counts on Nov. 7 for the killing of Javier Muñoz, the 8th Judicial District Attorney's Office filed a motion to hold Rivera in jail without bond.

Rivera's attorney, Chico Gallegos, declined to argue against the state's motion at Monday's detention hearing, but said he may request a hearing in the future to review his client's conditions of release.

Rivera was arrested in Colorado last month for allegedly shooting Muñoz on Sugar Lane in El Prado on Oct. 19. Rivera had been on probation following an April plea deal that sent him to a drug treatment center instead of to prison. First responders found Muñoz and transported him to Holy Cross Medical Center, where he died of a bullet wound to the abdomen.

Rivera was held in Colorado until Taos County Sheriff's deputies extradited him back to Taos County for the grand jury hearing. While the arrest warrant affidavit filed in the case remained under seal at the courts as of press time, Taos County Undersheriff Steve Miera indicated that at least one witness at the scene of the fatal shooting provided testimony to the grand jury.

Charges in the indictment indicate that Rivera's gunfire also wounded another person at the scene of the shooting. It als indicates he attempted to hide the firearm used in the incident.

In addition to second-degree murder, Rivera was also charged with shooting at or from a motor vehicle resulting in great bodily harm; a lesser count of shooting at or from a motor vehicle resulting in personal injury; tampering with evidence; aggravated battery with a deadly weapon; possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon; and receiving a stolen firearm.

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