- Associated Press - Monday, April 14, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A northern New Mexico man convicted of two murders in 2012 is requesting a new trial.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (https://bit.ly/1eBCcHM) that 29-year-old Donald Ferran says the judge eliminated his defense strategy and openly favored prosecutors.

The state Supreme Court is currently reviewing briefs in the case.

Attorneys for Ferran say in court documents that Judge Sheri Raphaelson did not allow them to mount a defense that the slayings were gang-related.

They also accuse the judge of helping with a prosecutorial witness.



Joel Jacobsen, an assistant attorney general, says in a brief that Ferran received a fair trial.

A jury in Rio Arriba County found Ferran guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence in the deaths of 25-year-old Joey Maestas and 27-year-old Sarah Salazar.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com

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