ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson says he’s received a formal petition to pardon legendary gunslinger Billy the Kid, and will make a decision on it before he leaves office at the end of the year.
Richardson has set up a website and e-mail address where the public can weigh in on the issue.
Some believe then-Territorial Gov. Lew Wallace promised the Kid a pardon in return for his testimony in a murder trial.
Trial Attorney Randi McGinn offered to review the history and prior petitions to see if there was a basis for the matter.
She says Kid offered to testify in the trial of three men, if Wallace would annul the pending charges against him, which included a murder charge in the death of a sheriff.
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