- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A grand jury in Las Cruces on Thursday indicted a former northern New Mexico sheriff’s deputy accused of killing a fellow deputy during an alcohol-fueled argument.

According to the Third Judicial District attorney’s office, former Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy Tai Chan was indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the death of Deputy Jeremy Martin. If convicted, Chan faces up to 30 years in prison.

Authorities said Chan fatally shot Martin at a Las Cruces hotel last month after they drank at a nightspot and got into a heated argument. Police say they were staying at the hotel after dropping off a prisoner in Arizona.

Before the shooting, Chan called a friend to pick up him and Martin to go drinking at Dublin’s Street Pub, according to a criminal complaint. At the pub, the two deputies got into an intense argument and began “pointing fingers at each other.”

The friend told investigators he had never seen Chan “hostile like that before, and that the bartender had to separate them at one point.”

It was not known why the two deputies were arguing.

Chan’s attorney, John Day, said he expects his client to be arraigned soon, although no date has been set.

“We’re still conduction our investigation and we have nothing to add at this point,” Day said.

Chan pleaded not guilty during his first court appearance. He was being held without bond at the Dona Ana County Detention Center.

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