- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A state judge has set limitations on an ex-inmate’s search of a now-closed state penitentiary for evidence he says would prove that prisoners had been abused.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1CTrJJd ) that under District Judge Sarah Singleton’s order filed last week, Samuel Chavez and his search team will be given a 30-minute time limit and one shovel for their dig in the Penitentiary of New Mexico’s recreation yard. Chavez has also been permitted to search the cells he may have been confined in.

Chavez, who was convicted of murder in Las Cruces in 1988, claims he buried evidence that proves the state conducted medical experiments on prisoners, tortured them and sold their organs and blood.

The Department of Corrections has denied Chavez’ allegations.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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