- Associated Press - Monday, January 26, 2015

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A lawyer for a former New Mexico deputy accused of killing a fellow deputy wants to test of a “white powdery substance” found in the dead deputy’s wallet.

John Day, an attorney for Tai Chan, said in a motion last week that he uncovered the substance listed as “drug” during a review of Las Cruces police evidence.

The substance has not been tested.

Authorities say former Santa Fe County sheriff’s Deputy Chan fatally shot Jeremy Martin at a Las Cruces hotel in October after they drank at a nightspot and got into a heated argument.

Police say the two deputies were staying at the hotel after dropping off a prisoner in Arizona.

An autopsy report found alcohol in Martin’s system but no drugs.

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